A short history of Obstetric Anaesthesia

  • Ann Whitfield


The pain of childbirth has afflicted women for generations and the quest to relieve such pain has been pursued throughout history. Dr Ann Whitfield relates the story of obstetric anaesthesia from its early beginnings in ancient times, the introduction of chloroform by Sir James Young Simpson in the 1800s, through to the present day and the controversy over natural childbirth.

How to Cite
Whitfield, A. (1). A short history of Obstetric Anaesthesia. Res Medica, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.2218/resmedica.v3i1.972