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April 16, 1887

Lehrbuch der Geburtshülfe für Aerzte und Studirende.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):447-448. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410027014

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Elements of Obstetrics for Physicians and Students. By Dr. Paul Zweifel, Professor and Director of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Clinic in Erlangen. With 212 wood-cuts and 3 colored plates. 8vo, pp. iv—792. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke. 1887. Chicago: Koelling, Klappenbach & Kenkel.

Those who do not believe in antiseptic, or aseptic, midwifery, would do well to read the first 18 pages of this thoroughly practical book, the product of a man of large experience, and written with all the impartiality of the scientific man. These pages are devoted to the subjects of puerperal fever, disinfection, and the mortality of child-bed. He wastes no time in theoretical discussion; to him puerperal fever is not the result of occult atmospheric conditions; disinfection does not mean to him the killing or disguising of a smell; the prophylaxis of puerperal fever is not to be settled by men who have half a dozen cases of

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