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June 2, 1945

A Textbook on Pathology of Labor, the Puerperium and the Newborn

JAMA. 1945;128(5):394-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860220076036

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In spite of the title, since only 27 of the 399 pages are devoted to the newborn, the book is almost exclusively limited to the pathology of labor and the puerperium. In the section on the pathology of labor the author includes abnormal labor, obstetric injuries, postpartum hemorrhage and obstetric operations. In the section dealing with the pathology of the puerperium are included puerperal infection, late postpartum hemorrhage, anomalies and diseases of the breast and other complications of the puerperium. The book is written in outline or symposium form and the references are inserted throughout the text instead of at the end of each chapter. The author uses the terms pituitrin and ergotrate instead of the nonproprietary names posterior pituitary injection and ergonovine. Throughout the book are indications of a conservative attitude. However, like most obstetricians, McCormick favors cesarean section for placenta previa patients who have a rigid, closed or

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