The 1951 Year Book of Obstetrics and Gynecology (August, 1950-June, 1951)

JAMA. 1952;148(11):972. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110094029.
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This compact volume is a collection of abstracts of outstanding papers on obstetrics and gynecology that were published during 1951. Many of the abstracts are accompanied by concise and critical editorial comment, often with references to related papers, which provide orientation in the field. This feature enhances the value of the book, particularly for the nonspecialist.

In the first half of the volume, which is devoted to obstetrics, there are abstracts on such subjects as Richardson's biochemical test for pregnancy, roentgen pelvimetry, histological changes in the cervix during pregnancy resembling carcinoma in situ, and diagnosis and management of threatened abortion, ectopic pregnancy, toxemia, and coexisting disease during pregnancy. Papers evaluating the effect of different types of obstetric anesthesia on mother and infant are reviewed. The pathogenesis of congenital anomalies is considered in detail, as is the hyaline-like pulmonary membrane that frequently causes death in premature infants. In the gynecological section,


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