What a Blessing She Had Chloroform the Medical and Social Response to the Pain of Childbirth from 1800 to the Present
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
- Publish date: 06/01/1999
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.