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38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 28- April 3, 1997 "Doctors Day" honors obstetric anesthesiologists in 1997 Millions of pregnant women in the United States this year will seek one of the several options available to them for relief of the pain and discomfort associated with childbirth. The process that allows the hundreds of pregnant women in your community to enjoy near pain-free labor and delivery began with two events - 150 years ago. On April 7, 1847, Fanny Apple- ton Longfellow, the wife of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, became the fwst known American woman to receive obstetric anesthesia for the birth of their daughter. Nathan Cooley Keep, M.D., held an ether- soaked handkerchief over Fanny Longfellow's face and, according to an entry in her husband's jour- nal that recounted the event, his wife experienced no loss of con- scionsness and no pain. Just three months earlier in Scotland, James Young Simpson, M.D. used ether to successfully anesthetize a woman with a deformed pelvis for the delivery of her baby. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the modern obstet- ric anesthesia, the American Soci- ety of Anesthesiologists (ASA) honors these two historical events during its annual celebration of Doctors Day on March 30. According to ASA president Phillip O, Bridenbaugh, M.D., "The events that took place an ocean apart and 150 years ago set in motion a specialty of medicine that can provide each pregnant woman comfort and safety for one of the most important events in her life, the birth of her baby." Women can often choose what form of anesthesia they want for labor and delivery. These include analgesics, spinal blocks and epidural blocks. Of all these options, the use of epidural anes- thesia for labor and delivery has grown most dramatically. In 1981, the use of epidural blocks made up 16 percent of the anesthetics administered to women in labor. Today that number has more than doubled to more than 33 percent. According to Bridenbaugh anesthesia effectively reduces the pain signals from the woman's uterus, cervix and lower birth canal. A new technique called combined spinal-epidural (CSE) analgesia eliminates early labor pain in a fraction of the time (two minutes) of conventional labor analgesia (20 minutes) and does so without impairing a women's ability to walk around in the birthing suite, be noted. Doctors Day, observed each year on March 30, is promoted by ASA to commemorate the achievement of Crawford W. Long, M.D., of Jefferson, Ga., who on March 30, 1842, adminis- tered the first ether anesthetic for surgery. His history-making achievement and the continuous efforts by physicians to alleviate human suffering form the basis for celebrating Doctors Day each year. 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All of Beebe's doctors received a gift in apprecia- tion of their service and were served a buffet lunch in the medical library of Boebe Medical Center in Lewes. Jam/e Lockard, M.D, a radioloLdst and president of the Beebe medical staff, mid he found the observance a little embarrassing. Ehen I was a child I saw Mother's Day and Father's Day being observed and I asked when was Ch/ldren's Day? I was told that every day is children's day and I kind of feel that way about being a doctor. Every day is Doctors' Day. m As pres/dent of the medical staff, Lookard appoints various committees, chairs meetings of the sta and serves as the medical staffs representative on the medical center's board of directors. Some of those who were on hand for the early part of the luncheon were 0-r) Marl. lyn Hill, director of employee services and physician reeruitment Beehe Medical Center Pr ident Jeffrey Pried, Steve Fanto, MA), anesthesiologist; Robert Ungel, M.D, general praeti. tioner who served two terms previously as president of the medical staff and who was among all admlgtlmf 8t8 of about six when he first started praetleing in 1945; 8emaan Abboud, M.D, mn'geoa; Lockard and mtosh Reddy, M.D., pediatrician. FREE Health Seminar from Beebe Medical Center What You Should Know" WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9,1997 SPEAKER: Dr.Jerry Groll Family Practioner TION: Beebe Medical Center's Gull House Rehoboth Beach (Opposite Spring Lake) TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. B Beebe Medical Center This is a free seminar. Please call 645-3332 to register. 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE I