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July 8, 1974

Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics

Author Affiliations

Rush Medical College Chicago

JAMA. 1974;229(2):211-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400071050

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The bright, inviting cover epitomizes the new illustrations, organization, and text of this edition of DeLee's classic. The new title Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics indicates the emphasis on the biological basis of pregnancy, yet the book retains the practical aspects of obstetrical practice. Even the old, familiar illustrations seem brighter in this new book. It is well indexed and the references are adequate, but not excessive.

Perhaps the strongest section of the book is that concerned with the "Pathology of Labor." Not only are the classic abnormalities of passengers and passages discussed, but also the very important dysfunction of powers. It is here that Dr. Friedman discusses at length his "functional divisions of labor." The reader is transported from the physiologic normal labor curve to the various pathological patterns encountered. One learns how to recognize the abnormal pattern early, to classify the dysfunction, and to treat accordingly.