|Abstract||Twilight Sleep was a technique originally developed by physicians in Germany in the early 20th century as a novel way to address parturient women’s fear and aversion to pain endured during labor and childbirth. Using a combination of amnestic and analgesic agents such as scopolamine and morphine to synergistically suppress pregnant women’s memories, physicians Carl Gauss and Bernhard Krönig enabled women to give birth free of pain, or more accurately any memories of pain.
Despite widespread use throughout Europe, Twilight Sleep initially experienced less popularity and more resistance in the United States where doctors were wary of the potential health risks that Twilight Sleep brought upon women and infants. Some adverse effects caused b... (more)
|Contributor||Tran, Yvette Ho (Author) / Maienschein, Jane (Thesis Director) / Hurlbut, Ben (Committee Member) / O'Neil, Erica (Committee Member) / School of Life Sciences / Barrett, The Honors College|
|Subject||History of Medicine / Twilight Sleep / Obstetrics|
|Series||Academic Year 2015-2016|
|Rights||All Rights Reserved|
|Collaborating Institutions||Barrett, the Honors College|
|Additional Formats||MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS|