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July 20, 1984

Critical Care of the Obstetric Patient

Author Affiliations

Professor Emeritus Brown University Program in Medicine Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Providence

JAMA. 1984;252(3):421. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350030079026

Modern Management of High-Risk Pregnancy, edited by Niels H. Lauersen, 508 pp, with illus, $59.50, New York, Plenum Medical Book Co, 1983.  Critical Care of the Obstetric Patient is not a run-of-the-mill text. Rather, it is a modern reference work for the practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, presenting state-of-the-art diagnosis, examination, and therapy for the critically ill obstetric patient and her at-risk fetus. The underlying theme is to correlate logically and lucidly physiological alterations with development of pathology, as a rational basis for relevant therapeutic intervention.In the 21 chapters the editor has selected the major medical complications adversely affecting the mother and fetus. Six chapters are devoted to management of hemorrhage, hemodynamic instability, coagulation deficiencies, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention, radiography including arteriography, volume replacement resuscitation, and conservative and surgical approaches to postpartum hemorrhage.Additional chapters address indications and requirements for enteral and parenteral nutrition, respiratory exchange problems, anesthesia rationale, therapy for hypertensive