Medicine: Mind Over Maternity

As the apostle of "natural" childbirth without fear or pain (achieved by building up the mother's confidence and training her to relax), Britain's Dr. Grantly Dick Read had long had a nagging doubt. His theory and practice had been worked out with women in societies far removed from a state of nature. What of the women closest to nature? In 1953, at 63, Dr. Dick Read headed into darkest Africa to find out.

In No Time for Fear (Harper; $3.50), he reports that he found what he was looking for. Among Bushmen and Basutos, Hottentots...

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