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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 02, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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finds that the mother is remembering
some of the things that happen about
her and may soon remember the pain
Quite as important as the drugs are
the "psychic" elements in twilight
sleep. These are a mind undisturbed
by fear and a quiet, dim room, where
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President of the Twilight Sleep Ass'n
of New York
Two years ago- -I did not myself
know what twilight sleep was. I did
not even know that there WAS such
a thing as twilight sleep. '
When I went to Freiburg two years
ago to have my child I found that the
Freiburg way was called "Dammer
schlaf," which roughly translated
means "twilight sleep."
Twilight sleep, I found from my ex
perience, is easier for the doctor than
for the mother to describe, for the
period of my "twilight" is a period
of ten hours just wiped out of my life.
I remember the nurse stooping
over me with the hypodermic needle,
and I remember waking up in the
same dim room with the same quiet
nurses passing to and fro. I was
frightened because the labor had
stopped an4 1 thought that something
was the matter, so when the nurse
came to me I told her that labor had
stopped. She laughed, stepped to a
table and brought me my baby. I
had brought him into the world en
tirely by my own efforts and even
with some of the expressions of pain
that a woman in consciousness uses,
but I knew nothing of what I had
been doing!
Many elements go to produce twi
light sleep. The sleep itself is not
unconsciousness or even semi-con-'
sciousness; it is simply instantaneous
forgetfulness of pain. , One .moment
you see the mother crying in pain;
the next she will be sleeping so
soundly that you cannot believe she
8s the same woman.
The drug element in twilight sleep
is at first a tiny dose of copolamin,
together with a small dose of mor
phine. Then the scopolamin is re
peated .in still tinier doses, but no
more morphine is used. The scopola
min is only repeated when, by the
so-called "memory test,',' the doctor
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sight and hearing and touch are es
pecially protected from disturbance.
These are what enable the mother to
drift dreamily into the twlight, even
under a very tiny dose of the narcotic.
This is what doctors had done with
scopolamin-morphine before Prof,
Bernhard Kronig and his assistant
Dr. Carl Gauss, by years of patient

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