Corpus ID: 35805496

Birth and history.

  title={Birth and history.},
  author={D. Gorham},
  journal={Histoire sociale. Social history},
  volume={17 34},
  • D. Gorham
  • Published 1984
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Histoire sociale. Social history
This historiographical essay analyzes the feminist challenge, dating from the 1970s, to the accepted view of childbirth which equated technological — and male — intervention with progress and consigned traditional midwifery to the dark ages. The challenge has come from two groups: feminists whose primary concerns are present-day issues and historians whose objective is a ''social history of childbirth''. The former offer valuable insights into the loss of feminine control over this essentially… Expand
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