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February 20, 1954

Eden & Holland's Manual of Obstetrics

JAMA. 1954;154(8):726. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420088037

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This standard British text is highly recommended. It is a manual rather than a compendium of knowledge. Although it is impossible to cover all of the rapidly accumulating literature, Brews has made his selections admirably. At first glance, the text seems superficial on many topics, but more careful analyses will not sustain that idea. The guide to further reading at the end of each chapter captures one's attention and accomplishes its purpose far better than a stereotyped list of references. The guide lists British references predominantly. The author frequently comments on the high quality of pertinent references, further stimulating the student's interest in source reading. The undergraduate needs no other text to qualify for examinations, and the practitioner and specialist will find a well-selected bibliography readily at hand.

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