Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

Dr J. Whitridge Williams: Part 1-C 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 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 J. Whitridge Williams’ 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth” and other historical documents.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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Five-part historical series on the new American speciality of obstetrics & gynecology ~ 1900 to 1950s

by faithgibson April 9, 2017

This post includes links to 5 documents with historical quotes on different topics by obstetricians and professional journals during the first half of the 20th century (1900-1950s). These sources are describing the political and public relations campaign by obstetrical profession starting in 1910 to eliminate the practice of midwifery, and replace physiologic childbirth practices traditionally used […]

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