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October 19, 1957

The Care of the Expectant Mother

JAMA. 1957;165(7):906-907. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250140030

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The writer has tried to cover the subject of obstetrics briefly. This makes the book an abbreviated outline for guidance of persons with limited training in obstetrics. In general, the principles set down are acceptable, although there is disagreement with the statement that the first examination of a pregnant woman should be deferred until the 16th week because no important information can be obtained before this time and that it is difficult to reach the promontory of the sacrum until later in pregnancy. The procedure described for the Friedman test for pregnancy varies from that done in the United States, where only one injection of 10 cc. of filtered urine is given. In the United States, the blood pressure is not considered to be abnormally high when it is over 120/80 mm. Hg; 140/90 is the figure used in most clinics. The writer makes the common mistake of considering increased

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