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January 9, 1981

Ambulatory Care in Obstetrics and Gynecology

JAMA. 1981;245(2):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310270060032

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Ambulatory care, according to the editor of this text, Dr George M. Ryan, Jr, has long been the stepchild of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. Ryan and 23 other authors have attempted to collect basic information related to the ambulatory aspects of this specialty. The book consists of 26 illustrated chapters, divided among three sections: "General Information," "Ambulatory Care in Obstetrics" and "Ambulatory Care in Gynecology."

The first chapter contains a particularly informative and well-referenced administrative plan for organizing ambulatory care in settings ranging from solo practice to hospital based groups. It is supplemented by a chapter concerned specifically with ambulatory health care needs of women.

The second section is directed toward the ambulatory care of obstetric patients. It begins with an excellent chapter defining prenatal care in terms of patient evaluation, prenatal records, and patient educational objectives. The identification of risk in the obstetric patient is covered in subsequent chapters,