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March 24, 1956

Obstetrical Practice

JAMA. 1956;160(12):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470094029

In this, the most basic of all specialties in medicine, broad and deep experience must always be applied to the proper interpretation of innovations. Overenthusiastic application of the novel and untried contributed greatly to the high maternal and neonatal mortality of past generations. In the preface of this sixth edition, Dr. Beck modestly implies that his "somewhat outmoded experience" has been complemented by the more modern knowledge of Dr. Rosenthal. Be that as it may, the result is good and the teamwork most commendable. There can be no doubt that much of America's progress in this field has evolved from such preceptorships, the wedding and welding of youth and experience. The format, in general, departs little from earlier editions, but the subject matter has been carefully revised. The best modern teaching has been amply covered and most of the obsolete deleted. To keep alive some reverence for tradition would seem

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