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November 4, 1939

Priests of Lucina: The Story of Obstetrics

JAMA. 1939;113(19):1761. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800440065036

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This book will be a welcome addition to the library of those members of the profession who are interested in medical history, whether or not they are obstetricians. It portrays the personalities of obstetricians, from the beginning of recorded literature to the present era, in a particularly interesting biographic style. The contents of the text are divided into two parts. Part one, comprising twenty-one chapters, presents in an especially readable way facts of obstetric history and biography. Part two deals with the history of special phases of obstetrics. Seldom does a book of this character present such a complete bibliography or one so well arranged for reference. To one interested in the history of medicine this is a treasure house of data. This alone should cause one to add the volume to one's library. The author states in the preface that he "has endeavored to select only the creative masters

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