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Childbirth in the Greek island of Chois in the 6th century B.C., 1780, and 1914.

Authors
  • Argenti, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology of the British Empire
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1944
Volume
51
Issue
4
Pages
344–349
Identifiers
PMID: 12261319
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Terracottas from the 6th century B.C.; a description of a delivery written in 1780; and a description of a labor chair used until 1914 give an historical picture of childbirth on the Greek island of Chios. The terracottas establish the fact that women were delivered in an upright perpendicular position in classical times. The upright labor chair seems to have continued in use until 1914. Midwives have historically at deliveries. In Chios, doctors seem to have taken over from midwives only around 1914.

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