BOOKCASEBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7167.1262a (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1262
- Christopher Martyn
Dick-Read's Natural Childbirth was published in 1933. Its plangent criticism of current obstetric practices made the author few friends among the “O&G” establishment. But many women saw his contribution to the reshaping of medical attitudes to childbirth differently. In Post-war Mothers. Childbirth Letters to Grantly Dick-Read, 1946-1956 (University of Rochester Press, £35, ISBN 1 878822 87) Mary Thomas has collected letters he received from anxious women and his invariably courteous responses.
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