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August 11, 1956

More Than Pregnancy

JAMA. 1956;161(15):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150083029

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This book for expectant parents was not written by a physician or a nurse; the author, the mother of two children, is the creator of Marion Phillips Maternity Preparations and the owner of Marion Phillips Shops. The book is divided into nine chapters, the longest of which is concerned with maternity clothes. Most of the illustrations in the book are in this chapter. We are told that in 1946, when the "maternity business" was still practically in its infancy, it was a 10 million dollar-a-year affair. The author discusses the choice of a physician; and she offers intelligent explanations of old and new wives' tales, the cost of having a baby, clothes for the newborn baby, and other important aspects of planning for the arrival of a baby. The book is well written in an interesting style, the information presented is correct, and the advice given is sensible and practical.

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