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  • Page extent: 166 pages
  • Size: 210 x 148 mm
  • Weight: 0.27 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781900364980 | ISBN-10: 1900364980)

Professor William Nixon directed the obstetric unit at University College Hospital, London from 1946 to 1966. These were innovative times in obstetrics and gynaecology, with Nixon one of the more recognized innovators. Much that is now accepted as normal good practice was pioneered by Nixon, and today's management of pregnant women and their babies stems from his work. His principal aim was to change the art of midwifery into the science of obstetrics; he appointed women doctors when they were still frowned upon in many hospitals; and he was adamant about the right of a woman to terminate her pregnancy if that was the right thing for her and her child. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of an innovating clinician who did so much to improve the lives of women, and will be of interest to everyone involved in women's health and childbirth.

• Biography of leading innovator in obstetrics and gynaecology • Will appeal to those with an interest in the history and development of obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as women's social history • An engaging memoir written by a Past President of the RCOG, who was a student of Nixon's in 1950


1. Early days (1903–18); 2. The medical student (1922–7); 3. Postgraduate training (1927–34); 4. Consultancies: at home and away (1935–9); 5. The war years (1939–45); 6. The obstetric unit in Nixon's time (1946–66); 7. Research in the obstetric unit (1946–56); 8. Teaching at UCH (1946–66); 9. Nixon the man (1928–65); 10. Last days; Appendix 1. The chronology of William Nixon's life; Appendix 2. The publications of William Nixon; Appendix 3. The staff of the academic obstetric unit, UCH headed by W. C. W. Nixon from 1946 to 1966; Sources; Index.

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