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The Bed-Rest Hoax ~ The case against a venerable pregnancy treatment ~ link to Harper’s Magazine article

by faithgibson March 29, 2016

This article will knock your socks off — good, funny, factual It’s a sad comment on decades of bad advice already well-known  by cardiologists. In the early 1900s they discovered that “strict bedrest” for men who’d had a heart attack, or a host of other cardiac conditions, died at a much higher rate when medically-recommend […]

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New 30-day series ~ historical & contemporary quotes made by doctors about midwives: 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson March 29, 2016

Short Cut ~ To read this document its entirety ~ all 35 yearly entries, spanning nearly two hundred years from 1820 to 2014 For readers who prefer to take smaller bits, I will post one section of this material everyday during the month of April. Hope you enjoy!   Day 1: Beginning introduction and quotes from 1820 […]

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The Decline in Maternal Mortality in Sweden: The Role of Community Midwifery ~ Ulf Högberg, MD, PhD (part 8)

by faithgibson March 11, 2016

Link back to Part 7 (the data) © 2004 American Public Health Association PUBLIC HEALTH THEN AND NOW The author is with Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Clinical Science, and Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden. Correspondence: Requests for reprints should be sent to Ulf Högberg, MD, PhD, […]

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The story I hate to tell: the dark history of obstetrics ~ Strike Three (part 6)

by faithgibson March 9, 2016

Link back to part 5 Part 6 ~ STRIKE THREE – 21st Century AUDACITY ON STERIODS “There is no alibi for not knowing what is known” — 1966 edition of Davis Obstetrics, statement by editor J. Rovinsky, MD As you already know, Strike Three is the audacity of continuing to assume that it is medically […]

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The story I hate to tell: the dark history of obstetrics ~ Strike Two (part 5)

by faithgibson March 8, 2016

link back to part 4 part 5 ~ STRIKE TWO ~ 1910 to 1937 Strike Two started in the US in 1910 with the Listerizing of childbirth by the two most influential leaders of American obstetrics. The new policy was based on the best of intentions. Doctors De Lee and Williams and other professors of obstetrics […]

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