Childbirth in the Age of Plastics
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Childbirth in the Age of Plastics

By Michel Odent

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Format: Paperback, 144 pages
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Published In: United Kingdom, 05 October 2017
Since the middle of the twentieth century, the development of plastics has been one of the main factors influencing the history of medicine. For example, an anaesthesiologist was formerly an expert in delivering drugs by inhalation. Today, this expert delivers drugs through plastic catheters, in particular via intravenous and epidural routes. Traditionally, the scalpel was the symbol of surgery. Today, surgeons operate on internal organs with flexible plastic endoscopes - without cutting the skin. A typical modern woman in labour has one of her arms connected to a plastic bag through a plastic tube, while a plastic catheter is inserted in the epidural space in her spine. Focusing on obstetrics, this first book about the history of medicine in relation to the plastic revolution asks vital questions about childbirth today - and tomorrow - and demonstrates that the current turning point in the history of childbirth is also a turning point in the history of humanity. Introduced as a medical student to the surgical unit of a Paris hospital in 1949, and still involved in several fields of medicine, Michel Odent has the authority to study contemporary history from this new perspective.

Table of Contents

1 1. The history of medicine in the light of the history of plastic; 2 2. Unasked questions about the most common medical intervention in childbirth; 3 3. Unsuited birth statistics; 4 4. A tool for the future; 5 5. The oxytocin system of our great grandaughters; 6 6. What makes a substance poisonous?; 7 7. If I were the baby; 8 8. Reasons for optimism; 9 9. Promising avenues for research; 10 10. Complying with the shyness of oxytocin; 11 11. Learning from home births; 12 12. Futuristic strategies; 13 13. Interpreting labour pain; 14 14. The future of pharmacological assistance in childbirth; 15 15. The industrialisation of pregnancy in the age of cheap plastics; 16 16. Clarified objectives; 17 17. The cost of childbirth in the age of plastics

About the Author

Michel Odent is best known as the obstetrician who introduced the concepts of birthing pools and home-like birthing rooms. He has published 16 books in 24 languages. His last four books are published by Pinter & Martin. His other books include Birth Reborn and Birth and Breastfeeding. See also the Primal Health Research Databank.

EAN: 9781780663883
ISBN: 1780663889
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 1.3 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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