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Author Robilliard, Gabrielle, author
Title Tending mothers and the fruits of the womb : the work of the midwife in the early modern German city / by Gabrielle Robilliard
Imprint Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag, 2017
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  RG950 R654 2017    AVAILABLE    30530000998518
Descript 309 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Series Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Beiheft ; 64
Medizin, Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Beiheft ; 64
Note Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Warwick, 2011
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-303) and indexes
The early modern period saw a fundamental shift in the history of childbirth from midwifery as a traditional, largely female occupation to modern obstetrics. The seeds of this transformation were sown in the cities, where municipal governments and their medical officials began reworking the often centuries-old systems of municipal midwifery. In Leipzig they overhauled midwife education and in the 1730s appointed a municipal man-midwife. But why all the commotion about midwifery? How 'novel' were these developments really? And how did all these changes affect the everyday work of the city?s midwives? Drawing on a vast array of administrative sources, Gabrielle Robilliard explores the world of Leipzig?s midwives and early man-midwives from 1650 to 1810. Employing a prosopographical approach, she illuminates in minute detail the occupational culture and structure of both official and unofficial midwifery within the city?including social and economic milieus, client networking practices, and inter- and intraprofessional rivalries?and examines the nature of the encounter between traditional practice and new ways of organising urban midwifery provision
Subject Midwifery -- Germany -- History
Midwives -- Germany -- History
Midwifery -- history
Urban Health Services -- history
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
Alt Author Robert Bosch Stiftung. Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, issuing body
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