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April 1990

Major Problems in Neurology: Neurology of Pregnancy

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1990;47(4):375. doi:10.1001/archneur.1990.00530040015003

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The first edition of Donaldson's monograph is difficult to locate in the dim recesses of the library stacks. The title on the spine of the book has been worn to illegibility by its frequent use over the past decade. I predict that the second edition will receive similar usage at the hands of clinicians and students. I would hope that part of the 300% increase in price compared with the first edition has been invested in more durable embossing of the cover.

Many readers of the first edition will first turn to the section concerning the use of magnesium sulfate in the treatment of eclampsia. Donaldson has updated the data but has not changed his conclusion that magnesium sulfate is not indicated as an antihypertensive or antiseizure medication in eclampsia. Although many obstetricians will disagree, I believe that the studies cited and reasoning presented in the chapter will persuade most

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