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November 16, 1889

A System of Obstetrics.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(20):721-722. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401160035015

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The second volume of Hirst's splendid System of Obstetrics forms a valuable contribution to the American literature of this subject. In subjects where recent advance has been made, as in the study of the bacteriology of puerperal fever, the more recent views of the authorities are set forth with a minuteness of detail which is nowhere else to be found in obstetrical works. Indeed, were it not for the work of the bacteriologists of the present day, it would be difficult for obstetrical writers to find anything new to offer their readers, and in point of fact some of the recent publications, with all their pretensions, will be found to have made but very little improvement on their editions of a dozen years ago.

Like all works of the character of the one under consideration, there is a lack of consecutiveness and balance in the arrangement and treatment of the

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