Power and the Profession of Obstetrics

By: Arney, William Ray

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0226027287 290 pages. Most extant histories of obstetrics have been written by the profession - and stress the continuity and benefits of professional development - or by its critics, who stress the political maneuvering that eliminated the traditional female midwife in favor of a "medicalizing" of pregnancy and childbirth disadvantageous to women. In this controversial work, a third history of obstetrics is presented that is in the history of Michel Foucault's "histories that are not history." He uses the archive of the profession to expose and elaborate the deployment of obstetrical power in the post World War II period. Usual library markings with only a rubber stamp to the top edge visible externally. Front endpaper missing. Moderate wear. Few light pencil markings else clean. Binding intact. Good working copy.