A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank
W. W. Norton & Company
On Sale: January 11, 2010
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From a witty, relentlessly inquisitive medical writer, an
eye-opening history of pregnancy and birthing joys and
debacles. Making and having babies—what it takes to get
pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver—has mystified women and
men for the whole of human history. The birth gurus of
ancient times told newlyweds that simultaneous orgasms were
necessary for conception and that during pregnancy a woman
should drink red wine but not too much and have sex but not
too frequently. Over the last one hundred years, depending
on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine,
practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled
fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks.
In Get Me Out, the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein
journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the
fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to
extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here
is an entertaining must-read—and an enlightening celebration
of human life. 22 illustrations.
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