Historical Perspectives from the ACOG Clinical Review

Articles published in the Historical Perspective series discuss topics dealing with the history of women's health issues.  They appear in the College Clinical Review (previously entitled the ACOG Clinical Review).  The full-text, online versions of articles published since January 2004 are available on the College website under "Publications."

Submission inquiries should be directed to Resources@acog.org.

(by Author)

Thomas Cullen and the umbilical black eye.
Baskett TF
ACOG Clin Rev 7(5):14+, June 2002

Cast of the head of the first infant delivered under ether anesthesia by James Young Simpson.
Baskett TF; Rishworth SK; Want PC
ACOG Clin Rev 3(6):16+, November/December 1998

The first neonatal exchange transfusion for hemolytic disease of the newborn by Dr. Alfred Hart of Toronto.
Baskett TF
ACOG Clin Rev 3(2):16+, March/April 1998

Sesquicentenary (1847-1997) of ether & chloroform anesthesia in obstetrics.
Baskett TF; Pearse WH
ACOG Clin Rev 2(2):16+, March/April 1997

How did lumbar epidural anesthesia become the premier obstetric anesthetic in the USA?
Clark RB
ACOG Clin Rev 4(2):16+, March/April 1999

Irving W. Potter, MD, and his internal podalic version.
Cyr RM
ACOG Clin Rev 11(4):12-15, July/August 2006

"Once a cesarean...always a cesarean." [Cragin]
Cyr RM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(5):12+, September/October 2004

First recorded use of obstetric chemical anesthesia.
Daniel WD
ACOG Clin Rev 4(4):12+, July/August 1999

Product of conception
Dreger AD
ACOG Clin Rev 12(2):10-3, March-April 2007

The Woman who mistook her husband for a steak; the medical legends of morbid “longings”
Golden J
ACOG Clin Rev 5(3):12+, May/June 2000

Gastro-elytrotomy: A substitute for cesarean section. [GT Thomas, 1871]
Goodlin RC
ACOG Clin Rev 7(9):15-16, November 2002

"Rostam" is born: How? By cesarean section (940-1020 AD).
Khatamee MA
ACOG Clin Rev 5(2):12+, March/April 2000

Diagnosis and management of placenta accrete.
(Letter to editor, not Historical Perspective)
King AG
ACOG Clin Rev 4(4):16, July/August 2001

John Whitridge Williams & obstetrics.
Longo LD
ACOG Clin Rev 1(5):16+, September/October 1996

Ovarian transplantation - an early form of reproductive technology.
Marsh M; Ronner W
ACOG Clin Rev 4(5):15-16, September/October 1999

The Stroganoff method for the treatment of eclampsia.
Moss SW
ACOG Clin Rev 5(5):12+, September/October 2000

The History and evolution of suture in pelvic surgery.
Muffly TM, Tizzano AP, and Walters MD
Clin Review 15(6):24-32, Novmeber/December 2010

Evolution of the obstetric bed - Pulvinar de Pars.
Mussalli GN
ACOG Clin Rev 2(4):16+, July/August 1997

A practice treatise on midwifery containing the result of 16,654 births occurring in the Dublin Lying-In Hospital during a period of seven years commencing November 1826. [review of book by Dr. Robert Collins]
Olsen ME
ACOG Clin Rev 6(6):14+, November/December 2001

Rostam revisited.
Payman B
ACOG Clin Rev 6(4):16, July/August 2001

Cesarean section.
Pelosi MA; Pelosi MA III
ACOG Clin Rev 2(1):16+, January/February 1997

Charlotte Brontë and hyperemesis gravidarum
Pitkin RM
ACOG Clin Rev 13(6):13-5, November/December 2008

Eva Perón: charisma, controversy, and cervical cancer.
Pitkin RM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(6):11-3, November/December 2004

Powell's Pearls of the Week: Anecdotes on appendicitis: Charles McBurney, MD (1945-1913).
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 7(3):14+, April 2002

Powell's Pearls of the Week (Bandl's ring, Chadwick's sign, Coley's toxins).
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 6(5):15+, September/October 2001

Powell’s Pearls:  Bozeman, Maiman, and Sturmdorf
Powell, JL
ACOG Clin Rev 14(4):14-6, Jul/August 2009

Powell’ s Pearls:  Pfannenstiel and Torpin
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 13(4):12-5, July/August 2008

Powell’s Pearls: McCall and Poupart
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(5):22-26, September-October 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Rosenmüller and Cloquet
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(3):29-31, May/June 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Ayre and Clarke
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(2):21-5, March/April 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Foley and Word
Powell JL
ACOG Clinical Review 14(6):11-3, November-December 2009

Powell’s Pearls: Bozeman, Maiman, and Sturmdorf
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 14(3):14-6, May-June 2009

An Early experiment with gynecologic cancer screening: Catherine Macfarlane’s Philadelphia Clinic, 1938-1953.
Randall SL
ACOG Clin Rev 11(2):13-6, March/April 2006

Case's case: The earliest historical report of a prenatal diagnosis of a fetal abnormality.
Resta R
ACOG Clin Rev 6(3):14+, May/June 2001

A problem of “female inebriety,” 1870-1920
Salem E
ACOG Clin Rev 13(2):13-6, March/April 2008

To relieve pan: opium and gynecologic treatment during the Nineteenth Century.
Salem E
ACOG Clin Rev 10(6):13-6, November/December 2005

A Famous triple obstetrical tragedy.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 10(4):14-6, July/August 2005

Anne Stuart and George of Denmark: A melancholy procession.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(4):13+, July/August 2004

Cervical cancer: A treatment evolves.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(10):14+, November/December 2003

The empty cradle: Queen Mary Tudor's false pregnancies.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(3):14+, April 2003

Hemophilia afflicts Queen Victoria's descendents.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(2):14+, March/April 2004

Henry VIII of England: sons and mothers
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 12(6):13-5, November/December 2007

Joseph and Napoleon: In search of a miracle.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 7(7):14-16, September 2002

Kaiser Willy: victim of his birth injuries?
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 10(2):12-4, March/April 2005

The Lesser Known Dr. Sims
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 14(2):13-6, March-April 2009

The Tumultuous marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 11(6):13-6, November/December 2006

Venereal disease in the Austrian royal family, 1860-1889.
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(8):15+, September 2003

Evolution of ob/gyn professional associations.
Speert H; Rishworth SK
ACOG Clin Rev 1(4):16+, July/August 1996

Commodifying Lydia Pinkham: the woman, the medicine, the company
Strasser S
ACOG Clin Rev 12(4):13-6, July/August 2007

150 years of women in medicine - from midwives to physicians.
van der Luft E
ACOG Clin Rev 4(6):13+, November/December 1999

Motherhood and mortality: American physicians' attitudes toward birth control.
Wilkinson Meyer JE
ACOG Clin Rev 1(6):16+, November/December 1996

 

(by Date)

The History of evolution of suture in pelvic surgery.
Muffly TM, Tizzano AP, and Walters MD
Clin Rev 15(6):24-32, November/December 2010

Powell’s Pearls: McCall and Poupart
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(5):22-26, September-October 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Rosenmüller and Cloquet
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(3):29-31, May-June 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Ayre and Clarke
Powell JL
Clin Rev 15(2):21-5, March-April 2010

Powell’s Pearls: Foley and Word
Powell JL
ACOG Clinical Review 14(6):11-3, November-December 2009

Powell’s Pearls: Bozeman, Maiman, and Sturmdorf
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 14(3):14-6, May-June 2009

The Lesser Known Dr. Sims
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 14(2):13-6, March-April 2009

Charlotte Brontë and hyperemesis gravidarum
Pitkin RM
ACOG Clin Rev 13(6):13-5, November-December 2008

Powell’s Pearls: Pfannenstiel and Torpin
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 13(4): 12-5, July-August 2008

The problem of “female inebriety,” 1870-1920
Salem E
ACOG Clin Rev 13(2):13-6, March-April 2008

Henry VIII of England: sons and mothers
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 12(6):13-5, November-December 2007

Commodifying Lydia Pinkham: the woman, the medicine, the company
Strasser S
ACOG Clin Rev 12(4):13-6, July-August 2007

Products of conception
Dreger AD
ACOG Clin Rev 12(2):10-3, March-April 2007

The Tumultuous marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 11(6):13-6, November-December 2006

Irving W. Potter, MD, and his internal podalic version
Cyr RM
ACOG Clin Rev 11(4):12-5, July-August 2006

An early experiment with gynecologic cancer screening: Catherine Macfarlane’s Philadelphia Clinic, 1938-1953
Randall SL
ACOG Clin Rev 11(2):13+, March-April 2006

To relieve pain: opium and gynecologic treatment during the Nineteenth Century
Salem E
ACOG Clin Rev 10(6):13+, November-December 2005

A Famous triple obstetrical tragedy (Charlotte, Princess of Wales)
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 10(4):14+, July-August 2005

Kaiser Willy: victim of his birth injuries?
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 10(2):12+, March-April 2005

Eva Peron: charisma, controversy, and cervical cancer
Pitkin RM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(6):11+, November-December 2004
"Once a cesarean...always a cesarean" [Cragin]
Cyr RM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(5):12+, September-October, 2004

Anne Stuart and George of Denmark: A melancholy procession
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(4):13+, July-August, 2004

Hemophilia afflicts Queen Victoria's descendents
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 9(2):14+, March-April, 2004

Venereal disease in the Austrian royal family, 1860-1889
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(8):15+, September, 2003

The empty cradle: Queen Mary Tudor's false pregnancies
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(3):14+, April, 2003

Cervical cancer: A treatment evolves
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 8(10):14+, November/December, 2003

Gastro-elytrotomy: A substitute for cesarean section [GT Thomas 1871]
Goodlin RC
ACOG Clin Rev 7(9):15-16, November, 2002

Joseph and Napoleon: in search of a miracle
Shingleton HM
ACOG Clin Rev 7(7):14-16, September, 2002

Thomas Cullen and the umbilical black eye
Baskett TF
ACOG Clin Rev 7(5):14+, June, 2002

Powell's Pearls of the Week: Anecdotes on appendicitis: Charles McBurney, MD (1945-1913)
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 7(3):14+, April, 2002

A practice treatise on midwifery containing the result of 16,654 births occurring in the Dublin Lying-In Hospital during a period of seven years commencing November 1826 [review of book by Dr. Robert Collins]
Olsen ME
ACOG Clin Rev 6(6):14+, November/December, 2001

Powell's Pearls of the Week (Bandl's ring, Chadwick's sign, Coley's toxins)
Powell JL
ACOG Clin Rev 6(5):15+, September/October, 2001

Rostam revisited
Payman B
ACOG Clin Rev 6(4):16, July/August, 2001

Case's case: The earliest historical report of a prenatal diagnosis of a fetal abnormality
Resta R
ACOG Clin Rev 6(3):14+, May/June, 2001

The Stroganoff method for the treatment of eclampsia
Moss SW
ACOG Clin Rev 5(5):12+, September/October, 2000

The Woman who mistook her husband for a steak; the medical legends of morbid “longings”
Golden J
ACOG Clin Rev 5(3):12+, May/June 2000

"Rostam" is born: How? By cesarean section (940-1020 AD)
Khatamee MA
ACOG Clin Rev 5(2):12+, March/April, 2000

150 years of women in medicine - from midwives to physicians
v d Luft E
ACOG Clin Rev 4(6):13+, November/December, 1999

Ovarian transplantation - an early form of reproductive technology
Marsh M; Ronner W
ACOG Clin Rev 4(5):15-16, September/October, 1999

Diagnosis and management of placenta accrete
(Letter to editor, not Historical Perspective)
King AG
ACOG Clin Rev 4(4):16, July/August, 2001

First recorded use of obstetric chemical anesthesia
Daniel WD
ACOG Clin Rev 4(4):12+, July/August, 1999

How did lumbar epidural anesthesia become the premier obstetric anesthetic in the USA?
Clark RB
ACOG Clin Rev 4(2):16+, March/April, 1999

Cast of the head of the first infant delivered under ether anesthesia by James Young Simpson
Baskett TF; Rishworth SK; Want PC
ACOG Clin Rev 3(6):16+, November/December, 1998

The first neonatal exchange transfusion for hemolytic disease of the newborn by Dr. Alfred Hart of Toronto
Baskett TF
ACOG Clin Rev 3(2):16+, March/April, 1998

Evolution of the obstetric bed - Pulvinar de Pars
Mussalli GN
ACOG Clin Rev 2(4):16+, July/August, 1997

Sesquicentenary (1847-1997) of ether & chloroform anesthesia in obstetrics
Baskett TF; Pearse WH
ACOG Clin Rev 2(2):16+, March/April, 1997

Cesarean section
Pelosi MA; Pelosi MA III
ACOG Clin Rev 2(1):16+, January/February, 1997

Motherhood and mortality: American physicians' attitudes toward birth control
Wilkinson Meyer JE
ACOG Clin Rev 1(6):16+, November/December, 1996

John Whitridge Williams & obstetrics
Longo LD
ACOG Clin Rev 1(5):16+, September/October, 1996

Evolution of ob/gyn professional associations
Speert H; Rishworth SK
ACOG Clin Rev 1(4):16+, July/August, 1996

 

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