Thomas Young's Lectures on Midwifery Vol. 1

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MMM/17/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [ca. 1756-1783]
  • Physical Description
      1 volume, 144 folios Both boards have come away

Scope and Content

The manuscript has the original pagination pp.1-289, although page number 94 has been omitted, writing is on both the recto and verso, there is no index, and the lectures are clearly numbered throughout although never dated. This is volume 1 of 2 and finishes part way through lecture 27.

The content of the lectures are as follows: (1-2) history of midwifery and authors of note, (3) authors of note cont. and the formation of the pelvis, (4) deformed and narrow pelves, (5-7) the parts of generation and diseases of them, (8) generation, (9) the size of the foetus at different stages of pregnancy, (10-11) differences between a foetus and an adult, (12) manner in which the child is connected to the mother, (13) connection to the mother continued & the touch, (14) touch cont. & the manner in which the placenta is connected to the uterus, (15-18) diseases that pregnant women are subject to, (19) monsters [abnormalities, severe teratoid], (20) monsters cont. and marks on children, (21) cases of flooding & manner of treating them, (22) situation of the child in the uterus & the terms of pregnancy, (23) position & treatment of women during labour, (24) delivering the placenta, (25) pressure on the perineum & rectum and laborious births, (26-27) laborious births cont. & the forceps [surgical instruments].