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October 27, 1951

Introduction to Motherhood.

JAMA. 1951;147(9):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670260107039

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This small book has been written primarily for the woman who is having her first baby. In the initial chapters the discussion of the physiology of reproduction is much too sketchy for even the lay person. The theory and practice of natural childbirth are presented, and the advantages are cited. The emotional factors in pregnancy, labor, and delivery are portrayed realistically. A chapter is devoted to the husband and wife relationship, in which the family unit is emphasized. The role of the husband and father is stressed.

In spite of many virtues, this book is not suitable for American women. The author's harangue about operative obstetrics, analgesia and anesthesia, and the untrustworthy physician will certainly decrease the patient's confidence in her medical attendant and create the very fear that engenders tension and pain. "Is modern intelligent woman still willing to be tampered with and humiliated? Surely she is not too

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