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February 25, 1950

Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Synoptic Guide to Treatment

JAMA. 1950;142(8):605-606. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910260079038

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This small book is claimed to be an elemental treatise for the general practitioner, "especially... the novice." It is definitely nothing more. At times it is difficult for the reader to decide whether it is intended as a book for midwives or for inexperienced physicians. In Great Britain the midwife has a different and better status than she has in this country. Moreover, the family physician in Britain attends many of the female population in homes whereas in the United States most deliveries are at hospitals. A considerable section of the book is devoted to "Domicilliary Midwifery—Normal and Abnormal." Delivery is accomplished with the patient on her side (lateral position) a position seldom used in America; various drugs are advised with unfamiliar British names. The illustrations are simple but adequate

Obviously this book would be more useful and popular in Great Britain than here, and one wonders whether the elemental

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