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June 28, 1941

Williams' Obstetrics: A Textbook for the Use of Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1941;116(26):2891. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820260065028

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The most striking thing about the new edition of Williams's classic book is its size. The present edition contains one thousand, four hundred and one pages (the seventh edition contained one thousand, two hundred and sixty-nine pages). Some of this space could have been curtailed. About one hundred and sixty pages are devoted to lists of literature and sixty-two pages are taken up by the index. Eight closely printed pages in small type are given over to the theories of the origin of eclampsia. Likewise ninety-six pages are allotted to the section on contracted pelves. This is too long, especially in view of the fact that many of the abnormalities discussed and illustrated are extremely rare. The section on the toxemias of pregnancy occupies eighty-one pages, including twelve pages of references. Perhaps the sections on contracted pelves and toxemias are large because Williams was particularly interested in the bony pelvis

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