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June 19, 1987

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

JAMA. 1987;257(23):3289. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390230125040

The editors have produced an exciting obstetrics text, a large hardbound book by an impressive panel of authorities. The theme is the "new obstetrics" of the maternal-fetal medicine genre, where as much attention is devoted to myasthenia gravis as to mid-forceps, as much to Rh sensitization as to all obstetric surgery, as much to lactation physiology as to obstetric hemorrhage.

The "how-to" approach of obstetric texts of the past is replaced with scientific monographs relating to the physiology of the pregnant woman and issues and problems surrounding her pregnancy. The editors intend this book to be a reference source for general practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology and a base of information for fellows in maternal-fetal medicine, with each chapter designed to be read in an evening. The book accomplishes most of these goals, but some long evenings are in store for obstetric generalists of the old school. The extensive bibliographic