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June 1938

Safely Through Childbirth, a Guide Book for the Expectant Mother.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(6):1355. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980120217024

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Any book for the expectant mother must needs be written in such simple language that the true meaning of the complicated phenomenon of birth can be conveyed only with difficulty. The author has done well. Other physicians will take exception to many of his statements, especially those in regard to control of weight, cesarean section and reasons for perineal repair.

Dr. Rongy feels that it is the duty of the obstetrician to enlighten the patient gradually concerning the abnormal things which may occur during her confinement, so that she will be prepared for any eventuality. This information seems wholly uncalled for. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Why should pictures of abdominal incisions be included? The descriptions of various operative maneuvers seem entirely unnecessary in a book of this type. The discussion of so many abnormal conditions is far too alarming for a young mother to read; I wonder

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