Medicine: Return of the Midwife

Midwifery may not be the world's oldest profession, but it is described in the earliest books of the New Testament. The midwife was an accepted member of the social structures of ancient Greece and Rome, and once held the exclusive right to assist women at childbirth. In most countries she is still a respected member of the medical-care system. In the U.S., midwives dominated obstetrics as late as the 19th century, when their role was taken over by doctors, many of whom considered these women...

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