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Mrs Stone & Dr Smellie: Eighteenth-Century Midwives and their Patients

Robert Woods and Chris Galley

Abstract

How did midwives deliver women in the past? What was their understanding of anatomy and physiology? How did they cope with unnatural presentations, haemorrhage, miscarriage and stillbirths, constipation? Were lives being prolonged and risks diminished? Midwifery case notes offer a considerable source of evidence, which, when used with care and imagination, help to tackle these questions. This book demonstrates this in a fascinating way by analysing the work of two well-known midwives.

Keywords: midwives, women, anatomy, physiology, haemorrhage, miscarriage, stillbirths, constipation, risks, case notes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781781381410
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381410.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Woods, author
University of Liverpool

Chris Galley, author
University of Liverpool

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Contents

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1 Midwives, their women and patients

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2 Reading case notes

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3 Sarah Stone, Somerset midwife

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4 Mrs Stone’s Complete Practice

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5 William Smellie, man-midwife and instructor

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6 Dr Smellie’s London cases

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7 The new obstetrics

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8 Other cases from London, &c.

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9 Midwifery through case histories

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