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May 21, 1887

The Science and Art of Obstetrics.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(21):584-585. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391460024009

Few books issued from the American press during the year, have been awaited with the same degree of expectancy as "Parvin's Obstetrics"—a fact not at all remarkable, in view of the author's well-earned reputation and great influence as practitioner, teacher, and writer. Then, too, the subject is one of intense interest to every member of the profession. Accordingly, we turn over the pages with unusual attention, and venture with diffidence to express a brief opinion as to the value of a master's work.

"The first necessity of a book," says Edward E. Hale, "is that it shall be entertaining. If, therefore, the book do not interest me, I consider that I have, prima facie, a right to put it on one side, before it puts me to sleep." Parvin's book is entertaining. No one can go to sleep over it. From introduction to end it chains attention. In the choice