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This volume on normal obstetrics represents an outline of present day obstetric thought and teaching. Its content is limited to the problems of normal midwifery, so that this book should meet a real need in South American countries, for which it was probably written. The general practitioner will find a wholesome presentation. The book opens with a chapter on the medical historical background of pregnancy and labor and ends with a chapter dealing with the newborn. The physiology and conduct of pregnancy and labor are described and profusely illustrated. There is a long chapter on multiple births and the problems which these entail. The book could be improved by a more detailed description of some of the major complications of pregnancy, such as infection, toxemia and hemorrhage, for these cannot be divorced from normal obstetrics. Many illustrations have been taken from Bumm's textbook and De Lee's Principles and Practice of
Obstetrícia normal. JAMA. 1940;114(10):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810100083041
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