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January 10, 1977

Medical Complications During Pregnancy

JAMA. 1977;237(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270290059032

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In the past decade, I have been afforded the unique opportunity of reviewing a number of new textbooks (or revised editions of older texts) that focus on the "medical complications of pregnancy." My reference standard for many years, no longer published, was the text edited by Guttmacher, from Mt Sinai Hospital, New York. I believe that a new standard of reference has now appeared in the professional book market: The Yale School of Medicine text. As noted in the preface by the editors, all 18 contributors to the volume were, at one time or other, associated with Yale. Most still are. The book is composed of 22 reviews written by authors noted for their contributions in the field. These reviews are surprisingly generous in their appraisal of the current state of the art and do not reflect any particular provincial sentiment. There is little evidence of aging in any of