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June 6, 1931

Easier Motherhood: A Discussion of the Abolition of Needless Pain.

JAMA. 1931;96(23):1983. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720490063051

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This is essentially an advertisement of the Gwathmey method of producing analgesia in labor. The author is evidently a brilliant woman and she presents her material in an easily readable style, but the contents of the book are reminiscent of the articles in lay magazines many years ago when the propaganda for twilight sleep was at its height. The testimonials in the book remind one of the advertisements of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and similar preparations. The author says "the writer feeling that the time should shortly come when it [the Gwathmey technic] can be offered to all [the author's italics] child-bearing women unless something equally good or better in her particular case is offered to her." Physicians cannot treat all women alike, as the author herself admits. Furthermore, not all physicians use the Gwathmey procedure and, still further, many physicians obtain as good if not better results with other

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