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May 17, 1913

Operative Obstetrics, Including the Surgery of the New-Born.

JAMA. 1913;60(20):1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340200056035

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The author aims to give a concise statement of present methods of operating. The material has been arranged with respect to pregnancy, labor and the puerperium, the three physiologic divisions in obstetrics, with a final division comprising the surgery of the new-born.

Preliminary to this are a few chapters on general subjects. The anatomy of the parturient tract in pregnancy, in labor and in the puerperium, and the condition of the birth-canal with respect to asepsis are first discussed. The prevention of obstetric hemorrhage and a consideration of the pregnant woman as a surgical patient, are next taken up. In the chapter devoted to anesthesia a preference is shown for ether. A compilation of results for the use of anesthesia by lumbar puncture makes against, rather than for, this method. The author directs attention particularly to the danger of general anesthesia in highly toxic patients and in those in acute

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