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December 10, 1910

Difficult Labor.

JAMA. 1910;55(24):2086-2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330240064033

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This fifth edition of Herman's popular book on the management of difficult labor has been thoroughly revised and considerably enlarged, new illustrations having been added, together with a chapter on retroversion of the gravid uterus and puerperal eclampsia. The book is characterized by a clear dogmatic style, suitable for a manual designed for the practical use of students and practitioners. The heavy type headings of chapters and paragraphs and the clear arrangement of matter make the book easy to use in reference. It is evidently the work of an experienced teacher who knows what is needed by his readers.

In general the work is in accord with modern American obstetric practice. It would have been desirable, however, to add the metric measurements as many have learned these measurements instead of the English inches. One is surprised to find little description of the aseptic technic of operation. The use of gloves

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