The Midwives Book: Or the Whole Art of Midwifry Discovered

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Oxford University Press, Aug 19, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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When the midwife Jane Sharp wrote The Midwives Book in 1671, she became the first British woman to publish a midwifery manual. Drawing on works by her male contemporaries and weaving together medical information and lively anecdotes, she produces a book that is instructive, accessible, witty, and constantly surprising.
 

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Contents

Of the Seedcarrying Vessels in WomenWomen p
49
Of the Fashion of the Womb and the parts of which
61
BOOK II
67
Of true Conception p
75
Signes that a Women hath conceived and whether it be
81
Of the Causes of Monstrous Conceptions p
91
Of the sympathy between the Womb and other parts p
97
How the Child grows in the Womb and how the parts
103
To know the fit time when the child is ready to
159
Of Cold Moist Hot Dry and all the several distempers
231
Of the Falling Sickness p 2421
242
Of Womens Breasts and Nipples the Diseases incident
248
Necessary Directions for Nurses p
258
Instructions in the choice of Nurses p
264
Of the Child p
271
THE MIDWIVES BOOK OR THE WHOLE ART OF MIDWIFRY
302

Of the Posture the Child lieth in the Womb p
118
BOOK III
127
BOOK IV
145
The Figure Explained Being a Dissection
313
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