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The Social History of the Caul *

@article{Forbes1953TheSH,
  title={The Social History of the Caul *},
  author={Thomas Rogers Forbes},
  journal={The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine},
  year={1953},
  volume={25},
  pages={495 - 508}
}
  • T. R. Forbes
  • Published 1 June 1953
  • History
  • The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
The history of obstetrics, perhaps more than that of many sciences, includes a large measure of superstition. In earlier centuries the normal phenomena of pregnancy and labor were understood, if at all, incompletely; related abnormalities were even more puzzling. Before adequate scientific explanations were available, speculation had to suffice, and superstition was often a result. Infrequently, in past ages as now, a baby is born with a thin, translucent tissue, a fragment of the amniotic… 

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