Notes of Young's Lectures on Midwifery

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 MMM/16/2/1/5
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [ca. 1779]
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      1 volume, 121 folios Both boards have come away and the spine is split

Scope and Content

The volume has the original pagination pp.1-241 and bears the bookplate of the Manchester Medical Society which indicates that it was donated to them by Clay in 1861 and was subsequently allocated the reference GO 2069 viz. their 1890 library catalogue. Whilst this manuscript is not dated the contents match those of MMM/15/2/1/1 verbatim which is dated to 1779 and so we may assume these originate from the same period. There is an index in the rear which has been signed at the end by the creator, A. Wise.

The contents according to the index are after pains and the cure of; sudden acute disease; aphtha or thrush; laborious births; disorders of breasts; disorders of children; connection of placenta & uterus; cramps; convulsions and cure of; cough; forceps cases and how to deliver [surgical instruments]; caesarean operation; breech cases; twins and delivery of; treatment of childbed women; disorders incident to childbed women; disorders from 3rd to 6th day; diseases of children; treatment of new-borns; diseases arising from dentition; floodings; fevers with inflammation; fractures; food proper for children and diseases arising from; hysteria; haemorrhoids; hysteric spasms; imperforated rectum; inoculation; lues venerea [syphilis]; common natural and preternatural labours [breech presentation]; immoderate flux of lochia; history of midwifery; moles; choice of nurse; of the stone; sounding; of the touch; chorion & amnios; menses; chlorosis [hypochromic anaemia]; oedemtous swellings; of the time of women going into natural labour; pelvis; symptoms of pregnancy; palsy [paralysis]; extraction of placenta; prolapsus uteri [uterine prolapse]; polypi of the womb & vagina; smallpox; suppression of urine; things for woman & child; uterus & its changes; venereal disease.

Administrative / Biographical History

The only medical student with the name A Wise listed in the Edinburgh Alumni for this period is one Abraham Wise, who first attended in 1778 and remained for a period of one year but did not gain an M.D from Edinburgh. Little else is known about him but he is quite likely the creator of the manuscript.