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Mrs Stone & Dr SmellieEighteenth-Century Midwives and their Patients$
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Robert Woods and Chris Galley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381410

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381410.001.0001

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Reading case notes

Reading case notes

(p.43) 2 Reading case notes
Mrs Stone & Dr Smellie

Robert Woods

Chris Galley

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the published medical case notes of Sarah Stone, William Smellie, and other birth attendants in eighteenth-century England can be read, with particular emphasis on content, language use, and reader reception. It begins with an overview of the role of booksellers/publishers and how they must have interacted with their authors during the ‘long eighteenth century’. It then considers the process involved in producing midwifery texts and books of case notes, focusing on format, size, layout, and the general quality of printing. It also discusses the structure of case notes, along with the style of writing and language employed by an author. Finally, it analyses the ways in which consumers may have read the case books.

Keywords:   case notes, Sarah Stone, William Smellie, birth attendants, England, booksellers, publishers, authors, midwifery, printing

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