Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank available in Hardcover
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- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Making and having babies — what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver — have mystified women and men throughout human history. The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science. Here is an entertaining must-read — an enlightening celebration of human life.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Dr. Epstein, an obstetrician/gynecologist, has written a well-researched book on the history of childbirth in America. She documents many milestones in OB/GYN across at least three centuries. A few parts of this book were extremely difficult to read. Dr. Epstein describes a 19th century male physician who bought or borrowed female slaves and used them as experimental surgery subjects. Some of these women endured up to 30 surgeries all without anesthesia. He supposedly believed that black women were not as able to feel pain as white women. Prenatal x-rays were standard for American mothers until the mid 20th century. A female OB/GYN discovered a connection between leukemia in some of the children born to these x-rayed mothers. Even after this discovery many male obstetricians continued to perform x-rays on expectant mothers until sonograms became available. This book made me shake my head in disbelief at some of the things that were done to women in the name of research. It took many years for obstetrics and gynecology to be recognized as a separate discipline. The author shows just how much women had to endure in the process. You'll want to read this non-fiction book cover to cover.