Historical Publications

Note from the author: My original series on Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” was first posted my me in 2010. I expanded after i saw the movie about the Washington’s Post publication of Pentagon Paper (The Post w/ Tom Hanks) and reposted the expanded series earlier this year. […]

Dr. J. W. Williams explains is own Plan — the story I call the “Dark Side of the moon: I can imagine Dr. J. Whitridge Williams, as the former chief of obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and current Dean of its world-famous medical school, having a sudden moment of inspiration in which the answer to his […]

Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ Little Book & the Pentagon Papers: Part 6 Numbers don’t lie

by faithgibson March 31, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/yaw5795v Dr. JWW’s story goes on but unfortunately for him, the numbers don’t lie! Generally, American obstetricians were well aware that Sweden had remarkably superior maternal-infant outcomes, so much so that one of the early influential leaders in obstetrical medicine (Dr. George Kosmak) went to Sweden to study their system. When Dr. Kosmak returned from […]

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Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ Little Book, the Pentagon Papers & movie “The Post”: Part 5 ~ Intro ~ profound harm caused by Twilight Sleep & Genera Anesthesia

by faithgibson March 20, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y8udohl6  Since the 1914 publication of Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ little 128-page book {click here for original source material: “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth”}, the “behind the scenes” information it reveals about the history and impact of obstetrics in the United States is, politically and ethically-speaking, the equivalent of the Pentagon Papers, in that it […]

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Dr. J. Whitridge Williams: Part 4 ~ Selling his odd ideas about childbirth to the public & philanthropists

by faithgibson February 28, 2018

Part1-D Successfully selling the public, childbearing families, local hospitals & philanthropists on the idea of elective hospitalization and routine using Twilight Sleep drugs, general anesthesia, episiotomy, forceps and manual removal of the placenta on healthy women How the profitability of the ‘baby business’ was able to finance a nationwide system of full-service general hospitals and give rise […]

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