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Examining Technology's Effect On Early Pregnancy Detection


It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that expectant parents could see and hear their baby through means of ultrasound and Doppler. With those advances also came a dramatic change in how we view early pregnancy loss.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a historian of women’s health about the impact of technology on first trimester miscarriages and how what was once considered an abnormal period is now the lossof a baby.

HEAR MORE: Lara Freidenfelds lectures this afternoon on "A History of Early Pregnancy: Late Middle Ages to Present." The event, sponsored by the KU School of Medicine's Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine begins with at 4 p.m. with a a brief reception in the Clendening Foyer (1000 Robinson Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.) with the lecture immediately following at 4:30 p.m.


  • Lara Freidenfelds, historian of women’s health and author of The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America
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