Book Reviews
May 1938

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

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By A. J. Rongy, M.D. Price, $2. Pp. 192, with 20 illustrations. New York: Emerson Books, Inc., 1937.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(5):1132. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980110238022

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Dr. Rongy has chosen a most fascinating subject. One does not have adequate sources of information on the progress of obstetrics through the ages. Much of the knowledge is pieced together from folklore and is not based on scientific facts. False modesty, superstition and ignorance have kept the subject of childbirth in the dark. However, this book is a good brief compilation of such information as has been handed down from the past. In the presence of our modern concept of obstetrics a striking contrast is apparent. Today, women in the child-bearing years are curious about the phenomenon and discuss all phases of it frankly with one another. This is a far cry from the attitude of our grandparents, who considered the subject too immodest for free discussion. Science has triumphed over mystery, ignorance and superstition. Therefore, this book should be well received by the laity.

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