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May 25, 1957

The Gist of Obstetrics

JAMA. 1957;164(4):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040144040

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This book is based on lectures given by the author to his students. It therefore contains data based chiefly on his personal experience. It is not intended as a reference book in the manner of the larger standard textbooks on obstetrics. The author is partial to natural childbirth and is opposed to the widespread prophylactic use of forceps. He does, however, consider forceps on the after-coming head in breech deliveries the method of choice. In general, the advice given is in accord with that practiced in the United States and Canada. The illustrations are simple line drawings, but they are clear and instructive. There are no references, but this is because the book is a personal one. The author has a keen sense of humor which is evident throughout the book. This type of teaching is undoubtedly of great help to students; hence this book should be most valuable to

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