Science: New Method

Dr. Funk-Brentano of Paris is credited with the discovery of new methods of "twilight sleep" (painless childbirth) differing from the scopolanium method now widely in use. They consist of injections of extract from the pituitary gland (a small oval body attached to the brain near the optic nerve) combined with progressive doses of chloroform. The woman retains a degree of consciousness and speech, but is not aware of pain. Eight hundred deliveries have been made by these methods at the Boucicault Hospital.


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