Historical Publications

Dr. J.W. Williams: Part 1-b ~ Inventing the Economic Engine for America’s private and corporate-owned Hospital System

by faithgibson February 26, 2018

The source for the following information (Parts 1-B, C, & D) is Dr. J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.  In the early 20th century, Dr. J. W. Williams invented the economic engine that first created and now maintains America’s private, for-profit and most often, corporate-owned hospital […]

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The Dream, the Motives, the Methods & Enduring Impact of 1914 book “Twilight Sleep ~ Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth ~ by famous American obstetrician: Part 1-a ~ Overview

by faithgibson February 26, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/ycee9xv7   { Originally posted in 2010 } I discovered the missing piece of the puzzle in a small book published in 1914 ‘TWILIGHT SLEEP ~ Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth“ {original source material}. It was written by Dr. J. Whitridge Williams, a famous obstetrician, with the help of Dr. Henry Smith Williams, a physician colleague and famous science-writer of his day. […]

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Introduction to a series on the book: Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth, published 1914

by faithgibson February 17, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y8pgewkg As a long-time student of the history and practice of obstetrical medicine in the US, my discovery of this 1914 book Dr. J. Whitridge Williams — Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth — was (and still is) my most important breakthrough. This out-of-print book only became available in modern times after being scanned […]

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Day 9: Historical & contemporary comments by physicians about midwives ~ 1820 to 2014

by faithgibson April 9, 2016

Day 9 ~ 1931 to 1934 1931 ~ A report published by the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection by the Committee on Prenatal and Maternal Care, noting the wide disparity between safe care provided by midwives and highly risky care of many physicians. The report’s physician-authors concluded that the care of midwives was safer […]

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Quotes #3 ~ Dr JWW’s book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” (1914)

by faithgibson September 4, 2015

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 […]

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