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November 16, 1946

Synopsis of Obstetrics and Gynecology

JAMA. 1946;132(11):673. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870460063031

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The mere fact that this is the ninth edition of this handbook affords proof of its usefulness and popularity. The author states that it is not intended as a textbook but rather as a supplement to a textbook and is useful for students preparing for midwifery examinations. For the sake of brevity all the material is presented in outline form. The few illustrations are small and simply executed. This compend is rather comprehensive, covering all of obstetrics including the newborn and gynecology. There is much that one could question, but most of the teaching follows accepted opinion on the continent. Most educators in this country have frowned on these medical digests prepared primarily to help students pass their examinations. They provide little to the medical education of their readers.

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