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February 15, 1964

Modern Trends in Obstetrics

JAMA. 1964;187(7):546-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060200078037

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This little volume is the British counterpart of our own Yearbook of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The British have just changed the format of their volume, dividing it into two sections, one for obstetrics and one for gynecology. No attempt has been made to be inclusive, but instead, 14 separate topics of current interest are presented by recognized authorities. Professor Kellar has chosen his topics and his authorities well. The result is an excellent review of the problems of major obstetric interest today: water and electrolyte balance, hypertension, placental function, anemia, Rh problems, induction of labor, modern gadgets (electronic devices, the vacuum extractor, abdominal decompressors, and artificial kidneys), Bruce Mayes' current thoughts on rubella, infection, and perinatal and maternal mortality. Obstetric thinking in the British Empire shows a striking similarity to that in the United States.

Modern Trends in Obstetrics, because of its limited scope, provides a more thorough discussion of

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