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This book, like the three previous editions, was written by the active staff members of the Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital. A number of changes and improvements have been made particularly in the chapters dealing with puerperal infection. This is because during the last few years important contributions have been made to the subject of puerperal infection by Leonard Colebrook in the Queen Charlotte's Research Laboratories. The authors have altered their treatment of eclampsia, for they have given up the use of colon lavage, sweating and veratrone. In a series of 841 cases of placenta praevia there were no deaths among the 116 patients who delivered spontaneously, one death among sixty-one cesarean section (1.6 per cent), and much higher maternal death rates for the other forms of delivery. In reviews of two previous editions of this book, it was pointed out that illustrations were reproduced or copied from De Lee's textbook
The Queen Charlotte's Text-Book of Obstetrics. JAMA. 1937;108(20):1741. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780200063031
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