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April 2, 1938

Operative Obstetrics: A Guide to the Difficulties and Complications of Obstetric Practice

JAMA. 1938;110(14):1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790140068029

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Abstract

The fourth edition of this noted work, previously entitled "Operative Midwifery," has been brought down to date by thorough revision and rewriting. In this task Dr. Kerr acknowledges the assistance rendered by Donald McIntyre and D. Fyfe Anderson, who have collaborated with him in this new edition. The book is unique in that it deals only with those phases of obstetric practice which require operative intervention. Other abnormalities, such as toxemias of pregnancy and, logically, the normal aspects of obstetrics, are completely omitted. Kerr calls attention to the fact that in England, as in America, maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity are unnecessarily high, emphasizing that the knowledge of when and how to intervene is of paramount importance. His opening paragraph is an essay in itself:

Nature in parturition, although generally following a certain course, refuses to be trammeled by hard and fast rules. It is important for the accoucheur

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