Medicine: Painless Childbirth

The new method of effecting painless childbirth by continued injections of metycaine in the caudal area just below the spinal column (TIME, Sept. 14) last week won approval in the Journal of the A.M.A. and hit the front pages of big U.S. dailies. Wrote Journal Editor Morris Fishbein for the Chicago Times: "The young physicians who developed this method [have] attained a goal long sought by mankind—and especially desired by womankind—since the beginnings of human life. . . ."

The New York Herald Tribune and the Chicago Tribune suspected that caudal anesthesia would...

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