1953 Los Angeles Times Editorial: Caesarean Often Not Necessary

Caesarean Often Not Necessary

William Brady

Los Angeles Times, September 1, 1953, Page B4


The opening of a new wing or an additional floor of a hospital was heralded recently with an elaborate television production which gave the public an intimate insight into the workings of the hospital. It also afforded favored members of the staff and sycophants a wonderful opportunity to appear on the home screens of the community to show how they perform modern miracles – especially Caesarean operations.


For Moderns Only

The new building or a considerable part of it was designed and equipped especially and exclusively for Caesarean births. If you are content to have your baby in the quaint, old-fashioned way you need not apply for admission to this institution.

My goodness, I though as I watched spellbound the show put on by the trick specialists and their humble aides, were we old duffers of the horse and buggy era so utterly incompetent that we never or seldom grasped the opportunity to “perform” Caesarean section?


Often Unnecessary

Or were our obstetric patients made of better material in those days? The answer to both questions is an emphatic “NO.”

From my observation and study of the practice of obstetrics by 20th century specialists, I say without hesitation that in a great many instances Caesarean section is unnecessary.

If young women were better educated, perhaps they would not be so easy frightened into accepting Caesarean delivery as the way to avoid the “throes” of childbirth.

If they’d even sit out a few bridge or cocktail parties and read “Childbirth Without Fear,” by Dr. Grantly Dick-Read (published by Harper, $2.75) they might learn something to their lifelong advantage.




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