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When the American Medical Association and the Association of American Colleges are working to perfect a time schedule of required studies and the American Gynecological Society is studying the teaching of obstetrics in American medical colleges, it is interesting to learn that the master of Rotunda Hospital says that "the requirements of practical midwifery are so inadequately provided for in the curriculum of our universities and licensing corporations that it is not an exaggeration to say that many recently qualified practitioners are a danger rather than a help to their lying-in patients." The book is written as a concise guide in the elucidation of the difficulties of obstetrics and aims to present the practical aspect of the subject.
Only about one-sixth of the book is devoted to normal pregnancy, labor and puerperium, but the diagnosis and management of pregnancy and the conduct of labor are discussed with great clearness. It
Rotunda Practical Midwifery.. JAMA. 1910;LIV(2):154. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550280064020
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