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December 29, 1923

Obstetrics for Nurses.

JAMA. 1923;81(26):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650260046033

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Six years have elapsed since the appearance of the first edition of this work; during this period new observations in obstetrics, as well as the exhausting of the first edition, have made necessary a new printing. Dr. Reed writes in a simple, direct manner, and has selected with care those facts which can be comprehended by and be of service to the nurse. On such matters as the Abderhalden test or the predetermination of sex, he gives information which will enable the nurse to answer questions, without confusing her with theoretical discussion. Dr. Reed has long been known as an exponent of painless obstetrics, and he devotes a considerable amount of space to analgesic methods. Unfortunately, some of the illustrations in this book are taken from older works, so that the physician is shown in one picture conducting labor without gloves. The author also tends to encourage early rising after

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