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Tuberculosis in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ian Maclean Smith, M.D.
AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;99(3):495. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260030177024.
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The author has pointed out how the new treatments for tuberculosis have brought many patients from sanatoria, where they were previously treated, into general hospitals, where the physicians looking after them require guidance such as is contained in this book. The text can be recommended without reservation for general practitioners, obstetricians, and gynecologists and also for phthisiologists. The author speaks from seventeen years of experience in two large tuberculosis hospitals. He gives an excellent review of the treatment of tuberculosis in general and includes good detailed bibliographies. It is interesting to note that between 1946 and 1953 the incidence of tuberculosis complicating pregnancy ranged between 1.5% and 2%. It is important to be given facts, such as "streptomycin is not toxic to the fetus "

Interesting sections included are on tuberculosis of the breast, follow-ups on tuberculous patients following pregnancy, and the fate of infants of tuberculous mothers. Dr. Schaefer is


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