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July 21, 1956

Obstetric Practice

JAMA. 1956;161(12):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970120091021

This new book is one of a series of handbooks designed primarily for the general practitioner. Its purpose is to provide a ready reference source for the problems encountered in normal and abnormal obstetrics, including a discussion of the premature baby and the postpuerperal survey. Factual data have been culled from the voluminous literature and the authors' clinical experiences and have been presented in a terse and readable manner. Thus, the discussions of normal human reproduction and its complications have the advantages of brevity and the modern viewpoint without the extraneous material found in many standard textbooks. An interesting feature is the presentation of fundamental knowledge whenever possible to help provide a rational approach to clinical thinking. The role of the general practitioner has been forgotten in some of the discussions on clinical complications. The use of an intravenous drip of oxytocin in the induction of labor for the convenience

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