Charles Delucena Meigs
|Charles Delucena Meigs|
Charles Delucena Meigs
|Born||February 19, 1792
St. George, Bermuda
|Died||June 22, 1869
|Institutions||Jefferson Medical College|
Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs (February 19, 1792 – June 22, 1869) was an influential American obstetrician of the nineteenth century who is remembered for his opposition to obstetrical anesthesia and to the idea that physicians' hands could transmit disease to their patients.
He graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1817. In 1818 he was awarded an honorary degree of M.D. from Princeton University. Meigs specialized in obstetrics and was for a long time the acknowledged leader in this branch of medicine. In 1841, he became professor of obstetrics and diseases of women in the Jefferson Medical College, until his retirement in 1861.
Meigs was a lifelong opponent of obstetric anesthesia. In 1856, he warned against the morally "doubtful nature of any process that the physicians set up to contravene the operations of those natural and physiological forces that the Divinity has ordained us to enjoy or to suffer". He also opposed the idea that doctors could convey childbed fever (a disease) on their hands on the grounds that "Doctors are gentlemen and a gentleman's hands are clean".
- Meigs, Charles Delucena (1854). On the Nature, Signs, and Treatment of Childbed Fevers: In a Series of Letters Addressed to the Students of His Class. Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea. 362 pages.
- Meigs, Charles Delucena (1854). A Treatise on Acute and Chronic Diseases of the Neck of the Uterus. Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea. 116 pages.
- Meigs, Charles Delucena (1st ed., 1849; 3rd ed., 1856; 4th ed., 1862; 5th ed., 1867). Treatise on Obstetrics: The Science and Art. Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea. 730 pages.
- Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs (#219). Meigs.org. Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
- Charles Delucena Meigs ( 1792–1869 ). General-anaesthesia.com. Retrieved on 2012-02-29.
- This statement or variations of it is often cited in modern-day works, generally without citation; e.g. . It appears to be a simplified/distilled version of a much longer quote by Meigs in "On the nature, signs, and treatment of childbed fevers" (1854), 104.
- Count Arthur de Gobineau (1869). Typhaines abbey: a tale of the twelfth century. Translated by Charles D. Meigs. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen and Haffelfinger.
Media related to Charles Delucena Meigs at Wikimedia Commons
- "Meigs, Return Jonathan". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900.
- P M Dunn, Professor Charles D Meigs (1792–1869) of Philadelphia and persistent fetal circulation., Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed. 1994; 70; F155-F156
- Meigs Family papers at Hagley Museum and Library