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September 18, 1937

Childbirth: Yesterday and Today. The Story of Childbirth Through the Ages, to the Present

JAMA. 1937;109(12):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780380066039

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This book describes the way in which women of the primitive ages, and those in various civilized countries, coped with the problems of pregnancy and childbirth. In the discussion on childbirth among primitive people is included tribal customs and traditions, and an insight is given into the way in which childbirth was regarded by the Hebrews, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Successive chapters discuss the glory and weaknesses of the midwife, history of child care, and history of childbirth. The chapter on the reign of superstitution reveals the source of many of the mysterious customs that arose from ignorance and tradition. Finally birth control and the present day problem of maternal mortality are presented. Those interested in obstetrics and maternal mortality will find much of interest in the book.

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