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October 27, 1956

A Manual of Practical Obstetrics

JAMA. 1956;162(9):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970260087026

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This is a compendium-type book designed for the general practitioner in Ireland. The original edition was published 20 years ago by Browne; the present edition has been revised by Gallagher. During and following World War II, there appeared in the American market numerous specialty compends, which were useful mainly as outline reviews for young men deprived of the detailed larger textbooks and for a quick "brush-up" for specialty and state-board examinations. For the American physician, these are preferable to the volume reviewed. Drugs not in common use in America are recommended by name, whereas general terms, such as a mild sedative, an antiseptic solution, a sulfonamide, or an antibiotic, would have been preferred. The single doses of pituitary extract suggested for inducing labor are far too large, and the use of seaweed tents and bougies to induce labor should be abandoned. Line drawings in reasonable number illustrate the text, but

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