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Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Aroused and Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University, and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among others. She lives in New York.


Medical journalist Epstein (Columbia Univ.) presents a concise and entertaining summary of changes in conception, gestation, and birth from ancient times through the 20th century. Most of the focus is on the period beginning around 1900 to the present. As she investigates how myths, fads, superstitions, fraud, emotion, and science have intertwined through the ages, she posits that much of the history of childbirth in the last 100 years involves the swings between the embrace of and the distancing from science and technology. Among the questions Epstein tackles are: Is infertility psychological, or is a pill the answer? Is the best choice natural childbirth or a quick and painlessly anesthetized one? Or maybe a quick and not-so-painless C-section? Added to the debate today are the possibilities of predesigned babies, sperm banks, and frozen embryos. Verdict Epstein presents the history and the current controversies of child birth clearly and with a liberal use of humor. As a result, both general and professional readers will enjoy the book.-Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Medical Lib., Denver Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"[A] fascinating and powerful recounting of conception and childbirth." -- Science News
"Epstein's fine history of childbirth...carefully describes both the introduction and the progress of new methods and the mindsets that have generated, encouraged, accompanied and justified them." -- Boston Sunday Globe
"Randi Hutter Epstein's book is full of delightful-and sometimes disturbing-anecdotes." -- NPR
"A lively history...Randi Hutter Epstein injects new energy into the now-familiar story...Her book takes a kind of great-man-and not so great-man-approach to childbirth's history, focusing on some of the personalities who transformed it for better and for worse." -- Liza Mundy - Slate

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