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January 29, 1938

Safely Through Childbirth: A Guide Book for the Expectant Mother

JAMA. 1938;110(5):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790050071031

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Dr. Rongy presents in compact and readable style "a guide book for the expectant mother." The first two chapters discuss the anatomy of the pelvis and of the generative organs, the physiology of puberty and the development of the fetus. The third chapter deals with the constitutional changes in the mother resulting from the process of gestation. This is followed by a conservative discussion of the place of analgesia and anesthesia in the relief of labor pain. Chapter v, on antepartum care, is especially commended, for it should enable the patient to estimate the adequacy of the supervision she is receiving. The next two chapters explain the process of labor and the factors concerned in labor and deal briefly with the more common operative procedures. It is noteworthy that conservatism is urged in the management of the parturient. Some question arises as to the need for detailing the theories as

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