Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

Book review of “The Cry and the Covenant” 
by 
Morton Thompson


by faithgibson August 9, 2013

Reposted from http://www.doyletics.com/arj/tcatcrvw.htm Published by Garden City Books/NY in 1949 Book Review by Bobby Matherne ©2010 *** This is a book that begged for a re-reading. I first read it almost twenty years ago while taking a course in Dr. Andrew Galambos’ Volitional Science from Evan Soulé — it was part of the reading library […]

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Medicine: Childbirth: Nature v. Drugs Monday, May 25, 1936

by faithgibson May 2, 2013

This is a reprint of a newspaper article reporting on the annual AMA Convention held in Kansas City in the spring of 1936 and originally published in Times Magazine on May 25. One of the most talked about events at the Convention was provided by Dr. DeLee. According to the Times article: www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,756116-1,00.html “His use […]

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Great paper on the evolution of childbirth practices in US ~ Home to Hospital: 1927-1940

by faithgibson April 4, 2013

Miami University ~ Farmer School of Business Department of Economics: Working Paper From Home to Hospital: The Evolution of Childbirth in the United States, 1927-1940  Melissa A. Thomasson Miami University Jaret Treber Kenyon College November, 2006 Abstract: This paper examines the shift in childbirth from home to hospital that occurred in the United States in […]

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Historical Context for Contemporary Obstetrical Policies – a work-n-progress

by faithgibson January 8, 2013

Part 1 ~:~ The most profound change in childbirth practices in the history of the human species The Invention of the American Way of Birth: How healthy childbearing women became the patients of a surgical speciality and normal childbirth was turned into a surgical procedures ‘performed’ by medical doctors under general anesthesia  Most people assume […]

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The Birth of Industrialized obstetrics: FORCEPS – Microcosm of Difficulties to Come

by faithgibson November 17, 2006

The first act of the industrial childbirth revolution was the invention of obstetrical forceps in 1650. According to historians, the first functional pair of forceps was due to the ingenuity of an English family of doctors – patriarch William Chamberlen, sons Peter I and Peter II and grandson, Peter III. It was William Chamberlen’s accurate […]

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