THE AMERICAN JOWIENAL OF OBSTETBICX AND GYNECOLOGY
ie ~ro~hy~axe m-d Thempie WIG KivAPP, Pl%g. Urban & Sehwarzenherg,
This is a scholarly and well-written treatise characterized by excellent d&ion and good literary style. In the chapter on Prophylaxis of Enteroptosis the author points out that inherited weakness of tissues plays a.a important part in the later development of ptoses. He emphasizes the importa,nce of breast milk in iufant feeding and quotes Easer that it is especially harmful to subject milk to prolonged boiling. In this way the constituents of milk are injured and its value as a plastic ?o~d diminished. He protests against physical. overexertion and mental strain in zbildren and declares tha.t co-education is particularly harmful if girls compete with boys in school. He believes that gymnastics and outdoor sports especially in fhe winter are beneficial and that swimming is to be highly recommended because the positions assumed counteract the tendency to ptosis. The author lays stress on the importance of ca.re during menstruation and parso as to secure proper involution ticularly during the weeks following childbirth, of the genitals and a return to normal. of the tension of the abdominal and pelvic musculature. He sounds a note of warning against intensive courses of reduction for obesity especially after the menopause and quotes Menge as saying that nervous collapse aad heart failure, are to be feared in such cases. In the chapter on therapy the author takes a decided stand against operative interference. He extols the ase of mechanical wpport, massage, general tonic treatment, and in thin, nervous individuals a prolonged rest cure combiaed with forced feeding.
8. D. JACOBSON.
The Forty-Seventlz Annua! Meeting of the American Gynecological Society will be held at the Hotel Washington, Washington, D. C., on May 1, 2, and 3, 1922.