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January 3, 1986

Principles of Medical Therapy in Pregnancy

JAMA. 1986;255(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010108036

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Here is a truly extraordinary encyclopedic textbook of internal medicine written expressly for both practicing obstetricians and internists. The underlying theme of this modern reference work stresses medical management during pregnancy (taking into account both mother and fetus), as opposed to medical practices during the nonpregnant state.

To present a review of this text within the editorial limitations of conciseness is analogous to trying to cram a whale into a sardine can. Edited by Dr Gleicher with the able assistance of six coeditors, this is a volume of 1,290 pages, encompassing 191 chapters, authored by 152 contributors (of whom 71 are obstetric specialists and 81 are specialists in the wide variety of medical entities presented), and with a 55-page index.

Despite the diversity of authorship, the text is elegantly homogeneous in style. All organ systems and their relevant diseases adversely affecting mother and fetus are discussed in depth, and each