In the past fifteen years a number of books have appeared the purpose of which has been to instruct expectant mothers concerning the hygiene of pregnancy, to give them a modest amount of information about labor and to indicate what should be done to favor the normal course of the puerperium. Such a book, to be of real value to the expectant mother for whom it is written, should be concise and, above all, simple. The mother who reads it is not familiar with anatomy and physiology. She merely wants to know what is going on and what she should do to further the natural process of bringing forth a baby. Such a book should not try to tell too much, for the reader may easily be confused, or perhaps alarmed.
The little book of Dr. Nicholson Eastman, now appearing in its second edition, is an excellent example of this