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August 5, 1939

The Abnormal in Obstetrics

JAMA. 1939;113(6):531-532. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800310069028

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The purpose of the book is to "aid those ambitious of passing one of the higher examinations of obstetrics" and the practitioner whose major interest is obstetrics. The authors assume that the reader has a textbook available for reference as to procedures and technic. There are few illustrations because the book is for advanced practitioners. Three well known obstetricians wrote the thirty-nine chapters, and one can distinguish differences in style which do not detract from the value of the work.

According to the introduction, "Pregnancy is a state induced by a neoplasm.... Moreover, these effects are not paralleled by any other new growth and form a distinctive group in the category of disease." The authors seem to go as far as De Lee, who holds that pregnancy is pathogenic and therefore pathologic.

The authors have set themselves a herculean task. They have endeavored to encompass in 500 pages the wide

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