This handbook is well written and covers the subject adequately. Evidently, English physicians need such a work, for the author states, "Unfortunately, the increase in antenatal care in this country has so far tended towards excessive interference, so that the stillbirth and neonatal rates remain high, in contrast to the remarkable improvement in maternal mortality in recent years."
The author stresses the use of analgesia in the first stage of labor, especially the use of meperidine hydrochloride in 100 mg. doses. After delivery, leg exercises are begun on the second day. Early rising is not recommended except in patients who have not had perineal repairs. A fourteen day stay in the hospital is recommended.
The chapter on the Rh factor in obstetrics is particularly well written, stating the known facts in an orderly fashion. The advice not to employ version in occipitoposterior positions is open to argument, especially when it