Tragedy, Trials and Triumphs

Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Australia in the Twentieth Century

By Alan Donald Hewson

This book is a thoughtful and perceptive overview of the development of obstetrics and gynaenocology in Australia from the beginning of the twentieth century. It contains myriads of little known facts on the revolution in this discipline during the 20th century, which saw childbirth in Australia change from the dreadful, dangerous, and frightening experience of the 19th century into the cocooned safety of today where Australia is now the safest place in the world to bear a child. The author weaves his 60 year journey in obstetrics into the national narrative to provide a fascinating read. The reader will not only learn a great deal about the science and art of obstetrics, but also the personal issues faced by every conscientious obstetrician. Alan Hewson rose from a humble background to become one of the most influential doctors to have graduated with the first wave of those admitted to Sydney University post-WWII. He achieved national prominence in both his own discipline of obstetrics and the wider medical community. His career included not only obstetrics and gynaecology, but many aspects of formal education, medical politics, and third world medicine, administration, and nursing education. Also included are 159 photos and diagrams. *** "This is the first book that documents the development of obstetrics and gynaecology in Australia, and the socio-cultural, political, legal and economic contexts which influenced such development. It not only focuses on the medical discipline but also includes the development of the midwifery discipline and the importance of inter-professional collaboration, due to the author's energetic research and lively writing. It should be required reading for medical, midwifery and nursing students, those interested in obstetrics and gynaecology, and anyone wishing to understand the positive transformation of care for expectant mothers in the 20th century." --Professor Sally Chan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of School, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle [Subject: Health, Women's Medicine, Obstetrics, Medical History, Australian Studies]


Publication Date: 10/18/2017
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9780994562760