October 17, 1914

The Twilight Sleep in Obstetrics

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Wheaton, Ill.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(16):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570160076033

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To the Editor:  —While Krönig and Gauss are engrossed in their military duties, the propaganda for the twilight sleep still goes on in McClure publications. The article in McClure's for October is a good example of the fallacious arguments and pictorial intimations that are being pressed on the American public in support of this very doubtful procedure in obstetrics. Pictures of scopolamin-morphin or Freiburg babies adorn several pages of the magazine. They generally represent vigorous children from 3 to 5 years of age as if the vigor depended on the fact that their mothers had received a sixth of a grain of morphin and an indeterminate amount of scopolamin during their birth. One illustration shows a child of 6 born without scopolamin and a sister of 4 granted the blessing of "twilight sleep." The legend reads: "A Freiburg mother and her two children. The older child (at the right) was

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