Robert Barnes: Case Book, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Scope and Content

This case book compiled by Robert Barnes contains upwards of 50 cases (1845-1854) described in detail as well as notes on many disorders, letters, drawings, statistical information, and legal cases. The first 11 patients are arranged in an orderly fashion with the following categories recorded: name, age, number of children previously, number of miscarriages, duration of pregnancy, date of accession of labour, presentation, membranes ruptured, time of birth, placenta removal time, sex of child, time of conception after marriage, remarks, use of forceps, history of pregnancy, puerperal state, lactation, observations, time between dilation of os uteri and birth of child, duration of labour, and nature of labour. The remaining cases are recorded in a page format with the complication or disease at the top of the page and case details below. Much of the book is notes on obstetrical difficulties and diseases such as uterine, ovarian, and placental problems, female insanity, and spontaneous abortion. There are several notes in colour that indicate certain cases were used in lectures in 1862 and 1864.

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