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October 15, 1927

Normal Midwifery for Midwives and Nurses.

JAMA. 1927;89(16):1357. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690160065038

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In the United States, midwives are dwindling in number and the profession is gradually, but slowly, disappearing. Further, the remaining midwives read English with difficulty. Therefore this small volume will find little sale over here. If intended for Britain, one would have to conclude from its perusal that obstetric practice there is on a low level. In America, obstetricians are trying to raise even normal obstetrics to the same level of importance and dignity as surgery. In this book the tendency is in the opposite direction, and the impression the reader cannot escape is that the practice of normal obstetrics is degrading and fit for midwives, nurses and doctors. Only the 5 per cent of abnormal cases need hospital care or the services of an expert obstetrician. The author's slogan "back to nature" is most commendable, and for the people for whom his book is written it appears to be

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