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February 7, 1925

Notes on Pathological and Operative Obstetrics.

JAMA. 1925;84(6):465. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660320057037

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The compiler of this work has abstracted and systematized all the material of pathologic interest from the larger books on obstetrics. As a result, a bulky and verbose volume of possibly 1,300 pages assumes its actual importance as a book of 200 pages, 7 by 4 inches. Since the writer disclaims any originality in the composition, it is difficult to apportion the blame for various statements that are open to question. It must be, however, that the writer is himself responsible for the advertisements of several drug houses and proprietary remedies, as well as for the recommendations of specific instruments for standardized operations. For example, the book advocates a certain brand of forceps for packing the uterus, when this simple procedure is easily and competently accomplished with ordinary dressing forceps. If any initiative had been possible, it would seem that the compiler would hesitate to promulgate as a law that

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