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April 26, 1958

Operative Obstetrics

JAMA. 1958;166(17):2238. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990170136042

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The thoroughness, conciseness, and clarity with which the authors have presented their subject marks this book as a library necessity. It fills a long felt need, both for specialists and for teaching residents. The profusion and appropriateness of the pictures, many times with sketches to supplement the photographs, indicate the thought that went into this valuable book. The section on forceps delivery is particularly well done. The rationale for the use, not only of the forceps but also of the type of forceps to be used is clearly explained. The chapters on preoperative, operative, and postoperative care cover a wealth of material. The authors also discuss the management of the complications of pregnancy, both local and systemic, the indications for anesthesia, and the indications and contraindications for many other procedures. Sound judgment is shown throughout this much-needed textbook.

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