A midwife's tale: the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812
Martha Ballard was a midwife and medical practitioner. Her diary recounts the sensational events of her neighborhood--whether it be the ex-minister's wife charging a local judge with rape or the mass murder of a family--and catches the small movements that characterized life and death in an 18th-century town. Illustrated.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - creynolds - LibraryThing
Generally pretty interesting information about a woman's life in the late 1700s-early 1800s based on her diary. My only criticism is that I think the author sometimes treated her interpretations of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jeanfeldeisen - LibraryThing
This book was marvelous. It was based on the midwife's diary but took parts of it and used it as background for a sociological and historical study of her life and times. I found it fascinating. It ... Read full review