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Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Feb;101(2):397-401.

A Darwinian view of obstructed labor.

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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. robertproy@yahoo.ca

Abstract

This essay discusses the evolutionary biology of dystocia. From a Darwinian standpoint, the high frequency of dystocia observed today seems evolutionarily untenable. Hunter-gatherers, most notably the Inuit, appear not to suffer from dystocia. It may be that people from an agriculture-based background are, obstetrically speaking, less well adapted to the good nutrition of a modern affluent diet.

PMID:
12576266
DOI:
10.1016/s0029-7844(02)02367-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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