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October 21, 1939

A Textbook of Obstetrics with Special Reference to Nursing Care

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By Charles B. Reed, M.D., F.A.C.S., Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, and Bess I. Cooley, R.N., Supervisor and Instructor, Department of Obstetrics, Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 476, with 209 illustrations. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Company, 1939.

JAMA. 1939;113(17):1590-1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420064027

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The authors are a physician of many years' experience and a competent supervisor of nurses at an excellent hospital. There has been a tendency for textbooks on nursing gradually to broaden their subject matter until the content pertains more to the practice of medicine than to that of nursing. This book goes further in that direction than most. It contains several excellent chapters, particularly on anatomy and physiology. There is a good chapter on anesthesia and analgesia, and a good chapter on normal labor.

The arrangement is not always orderly; for example, the chapter on antepartum care digresses to give a description of aseptic technic to be observed during the birth of the child. This is undesirable and entirely out of place. There are a number of statistical facts, for example those of multiple pregnancy and those on intra-uterine mensuration of the fetus, which contain facts and formulas that could

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