Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Nil Nocere

This post is actually a quote from Dutch professor of obstetrics G. Kloosterman:

Spontaneous labour in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal character.  The only thing required from the bystanders is that they show respect for this awe-inspiring process by complying with the first rule of medicine - nil nocere [do no harm].

Kloosterman, G. (1982) "The universal aspects of childbirth: Human birth as a socio-psychosomatic paradigm" Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology 1(1) 35-41 page 40.

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