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September 9, 1974

Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice

Author Affiliations

Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Los Angeles

JAMA. 1974;229(11):1509. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230490087047

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How time does fly! A little more than three years ago I reviewed the third edition of this very readable text by Cyril G. Barnes, which includes three independent contributions by a dermatologist (Jenner), a psychiatrist (Baker), and a venerealogist (Willcox). Although the page content remains about the same, the price of the book has jumped to $24.50, up 70% over the previous edition. Has the book been substantially revised, updated, or otherwise amended to warrant this new edition? Regrettably, I believe not. Although some new material has been added to include "vaccination against rubella, modern tests for thyroid function and syphilis, drug addiction and porphyria" these contributions are trivial. It seems clear, for example, that Dr. Baker has little experience with drug abuse (not "addiction") as seen in urban America. Furthermore, abortion and sterilization can hardly be considered the legitimate intellectual arena of the psychiatrist in today's obstetrical practice.