Historical Childbirth Politics 1820-1980

XXX 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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XXX Four topics – Quoted Dr J. Whitridge Williams’ book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth (1914)

by faithgibson September 3, 2015

Physiological normalcy as an impediment to medicalization That word “physiological” has all along stood as a barrier in the way of progress. The truth is that in assuming an upright posture and in developing an enormous brain, the human race has so modified the conditions incident to child-bearing as to put upon the mother a […]

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XXX Quotes ~ by Dr. J. Whitridge Williams from his 1914 book “Twilight Sleep: Simple Discovery in Painless Childbirth

by faithgibson September 2, 2015

This small book was written in 1914 by Dr. Henry Smith Williams, an MD, attorney and science writer, at the request of Dr. J. Whitridge Williams. Dr JW Williams was associate professor of gynecology in at Johns Hopkins University Hospital beginning in 1894, vice-president of the American Gynecological Society in 1903-04, and Chief of Obstetrics […]

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XYZ ~ Excerpt: “How the Invention of Elective Hospitalization became the Economic Engine for General Hospitals in the US:  

by faithgibson August 28, 2015

 Synopsis:   This critically important but unknown story comes from a very small (28-page) book published in 1914 by a famous American obstetrician — Dr. J. Whitridge Williams. A copy from Stanford’s medical library (Lane Library) collection was digitized as a part of Google’s archival library project and is available on-line as a PDF.   Dr. J. […]

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Joseph B. DeLee & Practice of Preventive Obstetrics by Judith Walzer Leavitt, PhD; AJPH 1998

by faithgibson August 19, 2015

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1349440/pdf/amjph00249-0095.pdf Public Health – Then and Now AJPH October 1988, Vol. 78, No 10 page 1353 Joseph B. DeLee and the Practice of Preventive Obstetrics by Judith Walzer Leavitt, PhD Editorial Comments and Background: Dr. Delee’s impact on childbirth practices in America — ultimately resulting in the complete obstetricalization of maternity care for healthy women — […]

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