Best books on obstetrics: a personal choiceBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1449 (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1449
- D Campbell
*** Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology. E M Symonds. (pounds sterling 20.99.) Churchill Livingstone, 1992. ISBN 0-443-02207-0.
** Obstetrics by Ten Teachers. 15th edn. T Lewis, G Chamberlain. (pounds sterling 15.99.) Edward Arnold, 1990. ISBN 0-340-515650-X.
** Fundamentals of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. D Llewellyn Jones. (pounds sterling 15.00.) Faber, 1990. ISBN 0-571-142273.
**** Illustrated Textbook of Obstetrics. G Chamberlain, C Gibbons, J Dewhurst. (pounds sterling 16.95.) Gower, 1989. ISBN 0-397-44580-6.
* Lecture Notes on Obstetrics. 6th edn. G Chamberlain, M J Pearce. (pounds sterling 12.95.) Blackwell Scientific, 1992. ISBN 0-632-02771-1.
* Student Notes on Obstetrics and Gynaecology. J Willox, J Neilson. (pounds sterling 11.50.) Churchill Livingstone, 1990. ISBN 0-443-041504.
For undergraduate students there is no ideal book on obstetrics. Some of the smaller books - for example, Lecture Notes on Obstetrics, Student Notes on Obstetrics and Gynaecology - tend to issue brief lists of facts. In many medical schools the amount of time allocated to obstetrics and gynaecology together is often only a few weeks, and currently the amount of core knowledge that students have to assimilate is considerable. The emphasis for undergraduates studying obstetrics, and thus all potential medical practitioners, should be geared towards the normal rather than the abnormal, therefore including physiological adaptations to pregnancy, fetal growth and wellbeing, and normal …