Medicine: Pangless Childbirth

Continuous caudal anesthesia for childbirth (TIME, June 12, 1943) is potentially so hazardous that only an expert in a hospital can use it, and he must be on hand every minute to see that all goes well. This has prevented its use by: 1) busy doctors, 2) country doctors, 3) doctors who have not had a chance to study the method. Last week University of California doctors were well beyond their 100th delivery with a new, simpler kind of childbirth anesthesia which may turn out to be readily usable by any obstetrician. It is billed as "safe, simple and without sequelae...

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