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May 19, 1945

Combined Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynæcology for Students and Medical Practitioners

JAMA. 1945;128(3):242. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200082038

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This edition is the fourth one which has appeared during the last twenty-one years. Like its predecessors, several of the leading British obstetricians and gynecologists are contributors. There is rarely any mention of authorship of a chapter; hence presumably each chapter was discussed by all or several of the contributors. For the first time a section on contraception is included.

In the opinion of the reviewer the following are faults in the book: In the discussion of young human ova, the Miller ovum is still regarded as the youngest despite the fact that Hertig and Rock recorded a much younger and thoroughly studied ovum; the Hertig-Rock studies were reported in 1942. Among the biologic tests of pregnancy space is devoted to such antiquated and discarded tests as Abderhalden's serum reaction, the sugar tolerance tests, the phlorhizin test, the epinephrine test, complement fixation tests and blood sedimentation tests. The authors advise

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