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August 13, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(7):575-576. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740590055026

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Early Obstetrics in Turkey  Prof. Besim Omer Pasha, head of the department of obstetrics at the medical school, where he has been teaching now for forty-seven years, has recently added to his many publications a small book on the history of obstetrics in Turkey. It has been written for laymen and midwives. Among the fifty illustrations are those of some early western and eastern methods in obstetrics; in connection with the early practice of obstetrics in Turkey, three are especially picturesque: One is the preparation of the floor bed with a charcoal brazier at the side in a room with latticed window, under which there is the customary low settee. The second shows the old midwife taken from her home at night to attend a birth, mounted on a donkey and accompanied by the husband of the woman to be confined, who is carrying the lantern, and by the night

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