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April 20, 1994

Williams Obstetrics

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

JAMA. 1994;271(15):1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510390086043

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This classic textbook has been generously reworked and extensively enlarged by the obstetric group at Parkland Hospital (Dallas, Tex) and remains an excellent source book with competent authors and prudent references. When I compared a much earlier edition with this, I was moved by the impressive changes and advances in obstetrics over the years. However, I disagree with the statement in the preface that the earnest effort to achieve scientific approaches to obstetrics began only with the perinatal subspecialty in 1960. The exponential advances seen in all medical disciplines, including our own specialty, are founded on previous extensive study of basic physiology.

This textbook now includes five authorities who provide commentary and approaches other than those used exclusively at the Parkland Hospital, thus coping with a serious criticism of former editions written by this group. This commitment expands the depth of the practice and art of the specialty and adds

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