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June 7, 1952

Obstetrical Practice

JAMA. 1952;149(6):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930230092033

This popular textbook of obstetrics has been extensively rewritten, and many new illustrations have been added. The physiology of reproduction and the early development of the embryo have been brought up-to-date by the addition of pertinent new information. The management of normal pregnancy including nutrition has been expanded to conform to the changing pattern of obstetric care. The diagnosis and treatment of the complications of pregnancy are discussed in the light of new developments in medicine. One of the most useful features of this book is the detailed description of the mechanisms of labor in the various presentations and positions. Each step is illustrated by simple drawings to enable the student to follow the action easily. Such emphasis on basic principles in obstetrics is sound teaching.

Unfortunately, this author, like so many others, did not dare to omit those practices and procedures made obsolete by medical progress. As an example,

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