LENGTH: 36 min [edited from full length of 64 minutes]
CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Sound, Black & White
DIRECTOR: Joseph B. DeLee, M.D.
PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: Joseph B. DeLee, M.D.
Warning: The film contains explicit images of disease or intrusive medical treatment. Viewer discretion advised.
Dr. Joseph Bolivar DeLee, a founder in the late 1890s of the Chicago Lying-In Dispensary (for needy women) as well as the Chicago Lying-In Hospital, the model maternity center of its day, was at times called “the #1 obstetrician, USA.” DeLee also was a serious filmmaker dedicated to the visual explication of his obstetrical techniques. He acquired professional equipment, wrote scripts, improvised sound effects, and deployed as many as a dozen women over a period of hours and days if necessary to complete a movie precisely as he felt it should be. These films were intended to teach, persuade, and fundraise for the next one….Read the Essay
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Film Stills from The Science and Art of Obstetrics: The Forceps Operation and Episiotomy Repair
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Meddlesome Midwifery in Renaissance, by Joseph B. DeLee, ca. 1916
“Joseph B. DeLee, A Eulogy” in Mother’s Aid of the Chicago Lying-in Hospital and Dispensary, April, 1942
Related Resources from the National Library of Medicine
Joseph DeLee in PubMed Central
Obituary, in Br Med J. 1942 Jun 6; 1(4248): 711.
Joseph B. DeLee and the practice of preventive obstetrics, in Am J Public Health. 1988 October; 78(10): 1353–1361.
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