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December 7, 1984

Medical Care of the Pregnant Patient

Author Affiliations

Staten Island Hospital Downstate Medical Center Staten Island, NY

JAMA. 1984;252(21):3027. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350210069044

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Physicians who care for the gravidawho has or will have medical illness will welcome the multidisciplinary text Medical Care of the Pregnant Patient. The editors, Richard Abrams and Paul Wexler, have succeeded in gathering a laudable group of experts from the University of Colorado Medical School, Denver, to provide clear and concise chapters on the usual medical pathologies—cardiac, pulmonary, endocrine, and renal. However, the more exciting areas of the text lie in the initial chapters with their enlightening analysis of bioethical and legal aspects of high-risk care, as well as nutrition, pharmacology, and radiation effects on the maternal-fetal duo.

Skillfully, Fredrich Abrams ushers us into the complex ethical arena. Abrams, who is director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, in relatively few pages, precisely elucidates ethical definitions and philosophies. Abrams has the ability to distill a voluminous subject into an acceptable reference work for physicians of all specialties. He then