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As this edition was nearing completion its author met an untimely and tragic death in an automobile accident while she was on her way to one of her patients. This made it necessary for one of her colleagues, who refers to herself as "a member of the large community of physiotherapists who are continuing her work [Mrs. Heardman's] for the benefit of the expectant mother," to revise and complete the edition. The original author prepared this work as a "comprehensive book on physiotherapy in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology." The writer of the foreword comments that anyone reading the book "will appreciate the contribution Mrs. Heardman made to the alleviation of unnecessary suffering, particularly in childbirth."
The book is divided into three parts entitled (1) Female Reproductive Function, (2) Physiotherapy in Obstetrics (Including Education for Childbirth), and (3) Physiotherapy in Gynaecology. Like Grantly Dick-Read's book on "Natural Childbirth," this
Physiotherapy in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Including Education for Childbirth). JAMA. 1959;171(8):1161–1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010260117030
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