Historical Publications

Dr J. Whitridge Williams: Part 3 Elective Hospitalization ~ the basic economic unit for engine for America’s private system of hospitals

by faithgibson February 27, 2018

Part 1-C:  Dr. JWW’s invention of elective hospitalization of healthy childbearing women to generate revenue for upgrading and equipping general hospitals  How Dr. J. Whitridge’s Williams’ dream got started When Dr. Williams first graduated from medical school in 1888 he sailed to Europe so he could take clinical training in pathology and obstetrics in some of the […]

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Dr. J.W. Williams: Part 2 ~ 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 J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.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 ~ 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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Intro ~ Historical 8-part series on Dr. J. W. Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth & link to the primary source

by faithgibson February 17, 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y8pgewkg (Note-2-self ~ repost this for day that newly edited, newly-numbered series begins) In addition to my life as an L&D nurse and now as a professional midwives, I have devoted nearly all of my spare time over the last four decades to an academic research of history of obstetrics in America. I particularly wanted […]

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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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