Gream GT. The misapplication of anaesthesia in childbirth, exemplified by facts, 1849.

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Catalog Record: Gream GT. The misapplication of anaesthesia in childbirth, exemplified by facts, 1849.

Title: The misapplication of anaesthesia in childbirth, exemplified by facts / by G.T. Gream.

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Author: Gream, George Thompson, 1812?-1888.

WLM Call Number: WO 450 G810 1849 RB

Accession No.: Copy 1, RB8810 ; Copy 2, RB8811

Publisher: London : John Churchill, 1849.

Physical Descrip: viii, 70 p. ; 22 cm

Language: eng

Provenance: Copy one inscribed with the author’s compliments to J. Miller.

Subject: Midwifery.
Subject: Analgesia, Obstetrical.
Subject: Anesthesia – complications.
Subject: Obstetrics.
Subject: Anesthesia, Obstetrical.

Abstract: In this work, Gream expanded and supported his case against the use of anesthesia in childbirth. Gream argued that surgery is an abnormal condition that requires anesthesia, while childbirth is a normal bodily function and would be harmful. He also maintained that in surgery, anesthesia would be withdrawn once the patient was anesthetized, while in labor anesthesia was continuous. He considered such anesthetic application to be a form of harmful intoxication.

Content Notes: Difference between anaesthesia in surgery and midwifery — Report of the Edinburgh Obstetric Society — General feeling regarding anaesthetic midwifery — Religious publications — Etherization not sleep — Similarity of ordinary intoxication and etherization — Complete insensibility must be induced to allay the pains of labour — Narcotism allays uterine action — Why so many cases of artificial delivery in Edinburgh? — Do the maternal passages yield from the effects of anaesthetic agent? — Labour rendered difficult by etherization — Children injured by etherization — Mortality among children at Edinburgh — Division of etherization into degrees — After effects of etherization — Uncertainty of the effets of etherization — Deductions derived from the facts recorded.

General Notes: Postscript on p. 71.

General Notes: Digitized by Northern Micrographics October 22, 2009.