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March 18, 1998

Obstetrics: Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(11):886-887. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.886-JBK0318-2-1

In the preface to the first edition, the editors stated the hope that the textbook be "a reference source for the general practice of obstetrics. . . and for those in fellowship programs in maternal-fetal medicine." The new edition strives laudably to fulfill this aim but does not always succeed when editorial supervision of multiple authors fails to impose consistency.

Before an account of the shortcomings of the book, praise is due for the wide compass of the subject matter. Separate sections cover anatomy and physiology, prenatal care, intrapartum care, postpartum care, complicated pregnancies, pregnancy and coexisting disease, pregnancy termination, and legal and ethical issues in obstetric practice. The majority of the chapters are well-written, cutting-edge accounts of their subjects.