Obstetrics is the oldest branch of medicine, extending well back to the pre-historical era. It is the medical science of birth, and arguably one of the most difficult and important medical disciplines, since children are the future and childbirth can be extremely difficult for both the woman and the baby. Originally practice by midwives, obstetrics became an advanced medical field at the turn of the 20th century with the advent of germ theory, x-rays and modern surgical techniques. Within three decades, the number of women and infants who died during childbirth dropped sharply, although it persists to be a problem in the third world.
Many doctors look down on obstetricians because the woman he or she is treating will of course be doing most of the work. The word â€œobstetricsâ€� in fact comes from the Latin word for â€œto watch,â€� the same root word as â€œobserve,â€� because in the early years that was all that the doctor could do. However, obstetrics is now a highly advanced medical field combining surgery, pathology and anesthetics to ensure that the birth is as safe and painless as possible. Obstetricians need to not only be familiar with every part of the birthing process, but also know intimately the sort of complications and problems which can occur leading up to the birth and during the birth.
Obstetrics now extends well into the growth and development of the fetus. Obstetricians monitor the baby for months up until the birth to ensure that the baby is developing well, and that the mother is receiving all necessary care and nutrition. They are also expected to be ready and available to conduct surgery should something go wrong. In childbirth, doctors are expected to act quickly and effectively in order to assist both the child and the mother, and are trained to identify and respond to crises. The advanced medical training necessary for a doctorate in obstetrics is also essential in lessening the mother’s pain. The agony of childbirth is so famously painful that for centuries it was seen as a punishment from God for the sin of Eve. However, recent advances in pain prevention and treatment make the process much less painful, and medications on the market are harmless to both the mother and child.
The abriviation for Obstetrics is Ob.
1) Low Risk Obstetrics 2) High Risk Obstetrics 3) Oncology
M. G. de Bruin has written: 'Bovine obstetrics' -- subject(s): Veterinary obstetrics, Veternary obstetrics
Harrison H. Sheld has written: 'Obstetrics and Gynecology Review, 1996' 'Obstetrics & Gynecology Review 1992' 'Obstetrics and Gynecology'
J. P. Greenhill has written: 'Obstetrics for the general practitioner' -- subject(s): Obstetrics 'Obstetrics, from the original text of Joseph B. de Lee' -- subject(s): Obstetrics 'Greenhill's Office gynecology' -- subject(s): Female Genital Diseases, Gynecology 'Obstetrics' -- subject(s): Obstetrics 'The miracle of life' -- subject(s): Childbirth, Prenatal care
Obstetrics and sometimes Pediatrics. But mainly OB (Obstetrics).
Nancy Whitley has written: 'A manual of clinical obstetrics' -- subject(s): Obstetrics
Andrew McCarthy has written: 'Obstetrics and gynaecology' -- subject(s): Gynecology, Obstetrics
J. M Bredenell has written: 'Obstetrics' -- subject(s): Pregnancy, Obstetrics
John Osborn Polak has written: 'Manual of obstetrics' -- subject(s): Obstetrics
Richard M. Lackritz has written: 'Current literature review in obstetrics & gynecology' -- subject(s): Examination questions, Examinations, questions, Gynecology, Obstetrics 'Current literature review in obstetrics & gynecology, 1982' -- subject(s): Abstracts, Examinations, questions, Gynecology, Obstetrics
Thomas M. Julian has written: 'Specialty Board Review, Obstetrics and Gynecology' 'Williams obstetrics, a study guide' -- subject(s): Obstetrics, Examinations, questions, Examination questions
Obstetrics and gynecology
George Julius Engelmann has written: 'History of obstetrics' -- subject(s): Obstetrics, History
W. L. Williams has written: 'Veterinary obstetrics' -- subject(s): Veterinary obstetrics
Ira Horowitz has written: 'Obstetrics and Gynecology on Call (On Call Series)' 'Obstetrics and Gynecology on Call'
Adam Henry Wright has written: 'A text-book of obstetrics' -- subject(s): Obstetrics
Dugald Baird has written: 'Combined textbook of obstetrics and gynaecology' -- subject(s): Gynaecology, Obstetrics
The medical specialty is Obstetrics and Gynecology, so when you are in training you will learn both subsets of the field. Once you graduate, you can choose to only practice in certain parts of it, but you are trained to do both.
Harold Speert has written: 'Obstetric infections' -- subject(s): Gynecology, Human Infertility, Infertility, Human, Obstetrics 'Obstetrics and gynecology' -- subject(s): Gynecology, History, Obstetrics, Pictorial works
Everett Dudley Plass has written: 'Obstetrics for nurses' -- subject(s): Accessible book, Obstetrics
M. D. Humphrey has written: 'Obstetrics manual for general practitioners' -- subject(s): Obstetrics