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September 30, 1933

Natural Childbirth.

JAMA. 1933;101(14):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740390059035

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Every physician who cares for women patients is aware that the element of fear, much of it resulting from "old women's tales," is one of the serious complications of pregnancy and labor that he must combat. Nevertheless, it is a fact that the average physician does not appreciate the part played by fear in increasing the difficulties of labor. The author discusses the mechanism and management of labor from a point of view that will be of great value to every one who reads it. Within recent years, methods of analgesia and anesthesia have been presented by various writers with too little regard for factors that are of the greatest importance in promoting eutocia. This work should help obstetricians to secure a more normal point of view. It is hoped that this monograph will be widely read and that the psychologic suggestions which he offers may be utilized to a

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