Aside by Dr Williams’ about obstetrical fees p. 81 “The laity should also be taught that a well-conducted hospital is the ideal place for delivery, especially in the case of those with limited incomes. “Moreover, they should learn that the average compensation for obstetric cases is usually quite inadequate; and should realize, … that doctors who are […]

Physiological normalcy as an impediment to medicalization That word “physiological” has all along stood as a barrier in the way of progress. The truth is that in assuming an upright posture and in developing an enormous brain, the human race has so modified the conditions incident to child-bearing as to put upon the mother a […]

Quotes #1 ~ by Dr. J. Whitrige Williams from his book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discovery in Painless Childbirth (1914)

by faithgibson September 2, 2015

This small book was written in 1914 by Dr. Henry Smith Williams, an MD, attorney and science writer, at the request of Dr. J. Whitridge Williams. Dr JW Williams was associate professor of gynecology in at Johns Hopkins University Hospital beginning in 1894, vice-president of the American Gynecological Society in 1903-04, and Chief of Obstetrics […]

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Excerpt: “How the Invention of Elective Hospitalization became the Economic Engine for 20th century American Hospitals:  

by faithgibson August 28, 2015

 Subtitle:   The little-known story of a famous American obstetrician who, in 1914, invented a new business model for US system of private hospitals. His idea, which has been used successfully to underwrite the American hospital system every since, was to expand the market share of hospital business by providing ‘elective’ in-patient services. Intro ~ excerpt:  Dr J. Whitridge Williams’ solution […]

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Joseph B. DeLee & Practice of Preventive Obstetrics by Judith Walzer Leavitt, PhD; AJPH 1998

by faithgibson August 19, 2015 Public Health – Then and Now AJPH October 1988, Vol. 78, No 10 page 1353 Joseph B. DeLee and the Practice of Preventive Obstetrics by Judith Walzer Leavitt, PhD Editorial Comments and Background: Dr. Delee’s impact on childbirth practices in America — ultimately resulting in the complete obstetricalization of maternity care for healthy women — […]

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