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March 1, 1930

Clinical Obstetrics.

JAMA. 1930;94(9):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710350058034

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This is based on the author's experience, which evidently has been extensive. Only a few references are cited, because the author presumes that "the reader has acquired a foundation in fundamentals from textbook study and that his knowledge has been broadened by familiarity with the works of reference and with current literature." The material is well presented and the numerous illustrations, which contain an abundance of diagrammatic sketches, legends and charts, are most instructive. The teachings expressed are not dogmatic, as indicated by such expressions as "There is no single way to induce labor" and "There is no 'best' forceps." Exception might be taken to the statement that low cervical cesarean section is unsuited for full term breech presentations and placenta praevia; hundreds of cervical operations have been performed for both of these conditions with excellent results. The conservative treatment of the toxemias of pregnancy is favored, but the author

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