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October 5, 1935

Life Begins: Childbirth in Lore and in Literature

JAMA. 1935;105(14):1142. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760400058034

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In this book the author presents a large variety of peculiar ideas and supersititions about childbirth. Most of these ideas are ancient but, as the author demonstrates, a few of them persist to the present day. Most of these superstitions appear ludicrous and are amusing, but even today some semicivilized peoples regard them as truths. The author shows the fallacies of most of them. He also quotes discussions of these ideas that have appeared in the literature among different races of mankind and at different periods of history. The book should prove interesting and entertaining to persons who are not familiar with the myths of childbirth.

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