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Title: On the relief of pain in labour, with special reference to the use of relaxation, pethidine hydrochloride and trichlorethylene
Author: Mackie, Carmichael
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1949
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In the Autumn of 1947, the Writer of this thesis, in search of a suitable subject for study, prepared, with the aid of Individual case-papers, Midwive's Registers and Report Books, a detailed Annual Report of the work done during the year 1946 at the Lucy Baldwin Maternity Hospital, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, the Writer having been on the Medical Staff of this hospital since 1932. This report is included in the Appendix at pages 40-65. This hospital has no resident medical officer. Consideration of the 1946 report, and, hearing in mind the increasing use of Pethidine hydrochloride in current obstetrical practice, it was decided to study the action of this drug, already in somewhat tentative use at this hospital since 1944, as it became more fully used during the year 1948. As a control, the hospital results over the ten years period 1938-47 were prepared in a similar manner to the 1946 report, this being considered the only practicable control series obtainable. At the same time, during the trial year of 1948 it was decided to intensify the instruction of patients in "Relaxation" already in use at this hospital for some years, and to study the action of Trichlorethylene as an analgesic for self-administration in later labour. Supervision of Trichlorethylene administration limited the number of cases to 100 in hospital and 15 in private domiciliary practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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