This two volume textbook on obstetrics is the first to come out of a German-speaking country since the war. It was written by a group of nine obstetricians from the leading clinics in Switzerland under the editorship of Prof. Dr. T. Koller, the director of the University Frauenklinik in Basle. The two books could have been combined into a single volume, for they contain only 1,300 pages.
The first volume covers the history of obstetrics, the anatomy of the reproductive organs, including the hormonal glands which control them, the physiology of the reproductive function, normal reproduction and a discussion of some of the abnormal presentations and positions. The second volume deals largely with the pathologic complications of pregnancy and labor. The final chapter contains an excellent discussion of the anomalies and the pathologic conditions of the fetus and newborn.
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