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August 26, 1893

RELIEF FROM PAIN IN LABOR.Read before the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR CLINICAL MEDICINE AND DISEASES OF CHILDREN, MARIONSIMS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE: EDITOR MEDICAL MIRROR, ST. LOUIS.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(9):311-312. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420610023002g

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Abstract

As physicians, we may well ask ourselves if we sufficiently appreciate the importance of saving our patient pain. I will say that pain in the abstract is conservative, that it is the announcement on the part of nature that something is wrong and needs correction, and that we should be very guarded in relieving pain for fear of removing nature's flag of distress rather than removing the cause, but the arguments which will apply to pain which is an evidence of disease are not in my judgment apropos to pain as an accompaniment of parturition.

In the primitive state, undoubtedly woman was possessed with great muscular force and absence of nervous sensibility. Civilization, social customs, modern habits of life have developed the nervous centers at the expense of the muscular tissues, and we have in these latter days women who may truly be termed sensitive plants, whose muscular force is

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