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October 7, 1961

Obstetrical Emergencies

JAMA. 1961;178(1):94. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400096040

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This monograph covers all the more common obstetrical emergencies, and most of the uncommon ones. Three chapters deal with "newborn emergencies," anesthetic emergencies, and iatrogenic emergencies, respectively. The author's intention shines through the entire publication as each condition is handled in a systematic, semioutline fashion. It is the type of work that would be of interest to a senior medical student or an intern on obstetrics, for it gives the fundamental basis of action in case of an emergency, and yet leaves enough to be said to stimulate the reader to refer to more complete studies. The dosage of some of the drugs is questionable; the style of the book is good; there are some gross inconsistencies in the illustrations. Some illustrations are sketches of illustrations found in standard textbooks, most are original, and a few are photographs of some well-known works of Dr. Frank Netter. The monograph has merit

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