By Richard Craze
The Alexander approach is an more and more renowned substitute remedy during which realignment of the backbone and physique provides aid of pressure and an improved feel of healthiness. This advisor seeks to provide an explanation for the strategy to either common readers and scholars education to be therapists.
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Even now, reported an editorial in The Lancet (Anon 1929), many GPs confessed to routinely using instruments, solely to save time, maintaining that they could not afford to do otherwise. Another factor, contended Eardley Holland, President of the new College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, was the increasing tendency among GPs, despite warnings from leading obstetrics teachers, to view 22 childbirth as pathology; consequently, they widened their indications for intervention, with catastrophic results (Holland 1935).
The Midwives Act 1902 But how was a registration Act to be obtained? Despite continued strengthening of Continental midwife legislation, home governments, still heavily imbued with ‘laissez-faire’ ideology, declined to intervene. The Midwives Institute therefore began seeking friendly medical and Parliamentary support for the promotion of a Private Member’s Bill, a difficult task when women did not have the vote, there were no women MPs, and matters regarding childbirth were not discussed in polite circles.
A great expansion of professional education also took place and, at last, midwife training was free. Yet continuing prejudice was directed against non-nurse midwives. Indeed, the upper-middle-class ladies who had led the Midwives’ Institute to victory had come into midwifery from nursing, already made ‘respectable’ by Florence Nightingale and others. By being nurses first, they had cast a cloak of respectability over midwifery and established an ethos which was to prevail for over 80 years. 6 A London County Council domiciliary midwife prepares to go on a call.