Thursday, March 10, 2011

Caesarean Section. I'm Sorry, Come Again?

Julius Caesar as a Zombie
When Little Ceasar's first introduced the Caesarean Section back in 1984, the pizza world wept with joy! C'mon. Really?

We all know that a Caesarean section is a surgical procedure in which one or more incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies, or, rarely, to remove a dead fetus. This procedure was given it's name after the Roman dictator Julius Ceasar because he was known for having his wives give birth by this procedure so that the women would not become "loose". Did I do it again? Are you offended? I'm sorry. No I'm not.

The first part of the above statement is obviously true, but believe it or not, I was able to disprove the second statement (which I actually thought might have a chance of being true). According to Wikipedia,

"Rumours that the term refers to the birth of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar are false; although Caesarean sections were performed in Roman times, no classical source records a mother surviving such a delivery,[5][8] (The earliest recorded survival dates to 1500 AD.[9]) and Caesar's mother Aurelia Cotta bore six children after him and lived to serve him as an advisor in his adulthood."
However, Pliny the Elder (you remember him right?) theorized that Julius Caesar's name came from an ancestor who was born by Caesarean section, but the truth of this is debated (see the article on the Etymology of the name of Julius Caesar).

Cool Fact: Remember King Robert II? He was the grandson of the great Robert The Bruce, King of Scotland (Braveheart is the greatest action movie of all time). Anyway, in 1316 the future Robert II of Scotland was delivered by Caesarean section—his mother, Marjorie Bruce, died. This may have been the inspiration for Macduff in Shakespeare's play Macbeth". OMG!!

Another interesting fact from Wikipedia, "A previously unexplored hypothesis for the increasing c-section rate is the evolution of birth weight and maternal pelvis size. It is proposed that since the advent of successful Caesarean birth over the last 150 years, mothers with a small pelvis and babies with a large birth weight have survived and contributed to these traits increasing in the population. Such a hypothesis is based upon the idea that even without fears of malpractice, without maternal obesity and diabetes, and without other widely quoted factors, the C-section rate would continue to rise simply due to slow changes in population genetics."[42]

I don't really want to talk any more about this topic, but if your eager to learn more about C-sections, by all means, visit Wikipedia and have at it. All factual data within this posts was taken from Wikipedia.

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