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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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William Smellie, man-midwife and instructor

William Smellie, man-midwife and instructor

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(p.158) 5 William Smellie, man-midwife and instructor
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Mrs Stone & Dr Smellie
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Robert Woods

Chris Galley

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381410.003.0005

This chapter focuses on William Smellie's work — the case notes, an obstetrical atlas, and a midwifery textbook — published in London during the 1740s and 1750s, placing the work in a demographic context by considering the effects of midwifery practice and instruction on patient outcomes. The chapter begins with a background on Smellie's biography and career as a midwife, along with his systematic recording of unusual and difficult cases. It then considers Smellie's teaching of female anatomy and the mechanics of childbirth and proceeds by discussing London's mortality regime during the period. It also examines Smellie's practice of midwifery in London and concludes by assessing his achievements, legacy, and outcomes as a midwife.

Keywords:   midwifery, William Smellie, case notes, obstetrical atlas, midwifery textbook, London, patient outcomes, female anatomy, childbirth, mortality

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