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December 8, 1956

Williams Obstetrics

JAMA. 1956;162(15):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970320073023

The amount of technical knowledge in this large volume does not lend itself to a minute review of each sentence. It is sufficient to say that the original author was a great master of teaching and scientific writing and that the present author is a worthy follower. The careful wording, precise descriptions, humane handling and application of all good and recent knowledge in this field of biology, and the excellent illustrations and charts make this a textbook of the highest quality. The prosaic knowledge of pelvic anatomy and conjectural physiology taught four generations ago has been vivified and illustrated, in the light of modern studies, in a living and wholly interesting dissertation. The first chapter, a discussion of the problem as a whole and of the resultant reduction in mortality due to intelligent care and modern therapy, contains more romance than a modern best-seller. Only contemporaries of the author can

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