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by Hannah Leitheiser


The Prospective Mother



'Moreover, it is possible in [the second stage of pregnancy] for the physician, by means of inhalations of chloroform, to relieve her of the pain attending the expulsion of the child.
The introduction of chloroform met with violent opposition, not upon medical grounds alone, but also for moral and religious reasons. "To check the sensation of pain in connection with the visitations of God," zealous theologians announced, "was to contravene the decrees of an all-wise Creator." ' - The Prospective Mother, 1912

From wikipedia: 'The anesthetic use of chloroform has been discontinued because it caused deaths due to respiratory failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Following chloroform-induced anesthesia, some patients suffered nausea, vomiting, prostration, jaundice, and coma due to hepatic dysfunction.'

So, I guess the zealous theologians were...right?