Recommended Reading A Profile of Emanuel A. Friedman*

Dr. Emanuel A. Friedman, father of the labor curveEvery practitioner and student of obstetrics owes much to the landmark works of Emmanuel A Friedman. Recently, Dr. Romero, Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, interviewed Dr. Friedman and has chronicled his remarkable story for us. As with many discoveries or inventions, Dr. Friedman’s creative journey was triggered by happenstance and adversity.

While we may debate the merits and shortcomings of the mathematical techniques available in that era, especially when compared with the mathematical methods available today, no one can question how Dr. Friedman raised the level of thinking about labor by a quantum leap. I treasure an autographed copy of his 1955 publication entitled Primigravid Labor; a graphicostatistical analysis.

I highly recommend Dr. Romero’s essay on one of our great obstetrical thinkers.

*Romero R. A profile of Emanuel A. Friedman, MD, DMedSci. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct;215(4):413-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.07.034. Epub 2016 Aug 3.