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January 31, 1925

Obstetrics, Normal and Operative.

JAMA. 1925;84(5):391-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660310065041

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We must consider this volume more as an expression of opinion, from the paucity of reference to the world's literature, than as an accumulated outline of the best obstetric teaching impressed with the personality of the writer. There are many things in the book, as the trite, homely way of presenting facts, that make the volume enticing; still, repeatedly we find much to criticize. First, there is a lack of sequence and often a failure of continuity that compromises the value of the subject matter. Too often, facts in no sense cognate are indiscriminately assembled. For example, on page 143 begins the prevention of infection, which includes preparation of the hands, use of gloves, and method of introducing the fingers in vaginal examination; on page 151 is the technic of vaginal examination, separated by rectal examinations. On page 155, under attention to bladder and rectum, is a brief paragraph on

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