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November 30, 1957

Modern Perinatal Care

JAMA. 1957;165(13):1763-1764. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980310115032

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The purpose of this book is to crystallize presentday thought on the antepartum and postpartum care of the woman. In the preparation of the book, the author enlisted the aid of specialists in certain fields, including pelvic mensuration, the psychology of pregnancy, the toxemias, anemia, diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, venereal disease, and infant feeding. The last two chapters are valuable additions to this book. One deals with the law as it pertains to obstetrics, and the other discusses the ethics of the Catholic church. A professor of law assisted in the writing of the first and two Catholic priests helped prepare the second. The book includes only four illustrations, but there are many statistical charts. At the end of each chapter is a list of references, but many lists are too long. Following the nine-page chapter on abortion there are 78 references. The book is for the most part

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