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Dr. Richard Adams recalls the 'Dark Ages' of OB-GYN

April 9, 2011 • Local News

Richard Adams, M.D., of Lincoln, has delivered more than 10,000 babies in his career as an OB-GYN. The 73-year-old doctor retired from Carlsbad Medical Center in the spring of 2008.

Adams recalls that his team of two interns and four residents delivered between 30 and 40 babies a day at Los Angeles County Hospital in California, where he completed his four-year residency in 1970.

“This is a very busy service,” he chuckled.                                  Dr. Richard Adams (Emily Russo Miller Photo)

The Oak Forest, Ill.- native received his first medical training as a hospital corpsman in the Navy from 1955 to 1958. He delivered his first baby four years later, in 1962, while attending medical school at the University of Southern California.

He calls his formative years as a doctor the “Dark Ages” of obstetrics and gynecology.

“At that time, we didn’t have ultrasounds; we didn’t have fetal monitors. To listen to a baby’s heartbeat, we used what we call a fetoscope. I don’t think residents today even know what it is,” Adams said.

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