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    What a Blessing She Had Chloroform: Medical and Social Response to the Pain of Childbirth from 1800 to the Present (Hardback) By (author) Donald Caton

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    DescriptionThis book describes in fascinating detail the history of the use of anesthesia in childbirth and in so doing offers a unique perspective on the interaction between medical science and social values. Dr. Donald Caton traces the responses of physicians and their patients to the pain of childbirth from the popularization of anesthesia to the natural childbirth movement and beyond. He finds that physicians discovered what could be done to manage pain, and patients decided what would be done. Dr. Caton discusses how nineteenth-century physicians began to think and act like scientists; how people learned to reject the belief that pain and suffering are inevitable components of life; and how a later generation came to think that pain may have important functions for the individual and society. Finally he shows the extent to which cultural and social values have influenced "scientific" medical decisions.


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    Title
    What a Blessing She Had Chloroform
    Subtitle
    Medical and Social Response to the Pain of Childbirth from 1800 to the Present
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald Caton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 494 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300075977
    ISBN 10: 0300075979
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FAM000000
    B&T General Subject: 510
    B&T Approval Code: S65476038
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BIC subject category V2: MMB
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BIC subject category V2: MJT, MFKC
    BISAC V2.8: HEA041000, MED033000
    B&T Approval Code: S65260000
    BISAC V2.8: MED006000, SOC028000
    BIC subject category V2: JHBF
    DC22: 617.9682, 617.9/682
    DC21: 617.9682
    LC classification: RG732 .C28 1999
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: 98036869
    Thema V1.0: JHBK, NHTB, MFKC, MKC, MKA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    02 August 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Back cover copy
    This book describes in fascinating detail the history of the use of anesthesia in childbirth and in so doing offers a unique perspective on the interaction between medical science and social values. Dr. Donald Caton traces the responses of physicians and their patients to the pain of childbirth from the popularization of anesthesia to the natural childbirth movement and beyond. He finds that physicians discovered what could be done to manage pain, and patients decided what would be done.