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June 12, 1886

A System of Obstetric Medicine and Surgery

JAMA. 1886;VI(24):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250060055008

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In the preface to this work the statement is made that " the history of gestation, of puerpery, of the mechanism of labor and of hæmorrhage, is contributed by Robert Barnes, while much of that which relates to the prophylaxis of puerperal diseases, and the description of operations, is contributed by Fancourt Barnes. Still the production is essentially a joint production." That part of the book which treats of embryology is contributed by Prof. Milnes Marshall. The authors justify their action in calling upon Prof. Marshall by saying that "no man can hope to master the facts and science of embryology unless he can spend several hours daily in the physiological laboratory."

The authors claim that the immediate purpose of the work is to furnish a handbook of obstetric medicine and surgery for the use of the student and practitioner, and they have succeeded well in their purpose. It is not

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