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October 1974

Ciba Foundation Symposium 10 (New Series): Intrauterine Infections,

Author Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, FL 32610

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(4):584-585. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110290154031

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Intrauterine Infections is the edited, 219-page monograph of a Ciba Foundation symposium (of the same title) that was held in May of 1972. One cannot help but express regret at not having attended what was a very good symposium. Unfortunately, what makes for a good symposium presents certain inherent problems when one attempts to translate it into book form, namely, brevity of presentation, heterogeneity of content, lack of cohesiveness and comprehensive coverage, and an information base that, at times, is erratic. In addition, several of the contributions differ significantly from the quality characteristic of the work.

One can always find a rare factual error of embarrassing proportion to delight nit pickers, such as the listing of Treponema, Borrelia, Leptospira, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis under bacteria in the chapter on intrauterine bacterial infections. The only major factual criticism is the lack of reservation in the use of spiramycin in pregnancy. It is

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