James Drife is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds, UK. He has written widely on clinical topics and oral contraception, and edited over a dozen books. He has been vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Chairman of the UK Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
His special interest is maternal mortality. From 1994 to 2011 he was an assessor for the UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, and he has worked as a consultant to the World Health Organisation in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Professor Drife is a frequent reviewer for other journals, a member of the Editorial Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a regular columnist for the BMJ.
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