Or a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature;
Constructed on a Plan, by Which the Different Sciences
and Arts are digested into the Form of Distinct Treatises or Systems
Edinburgh: A. Bell and C. Macfarquhar
We are pleased to offer for auction the rare and important section on the history and practice midwifery extracted from an incomplete copy of the 1797 Encyclopaedia Britannica . The article is 52 pages in length (all with double columns of text on each page, so the number of pages is effectively doubled); the text is accompanied by ELEVEN copperplate engravings. Included is a four page section that explains the illustrations on the plates. Each section covers the history of its subject, and then goes onto enormous technical and medical detail. Collectively, they provide a fascinating look into the late 18th century understanding of midwifery. Just some of the sections are:
History of Midwifery
Theory of Midwifery
Description of the Pelvis in General
Extra Uterine Foetuses or Ventral Conception
Diseases of Pregnancy
Abortion or Miscarrage
Regimen During Pregnancy
Laborious or Difficult Labour
Method of Delivery by Instruments
Use of the Forceps
Use of the Scissars, Crotchet, and Blunt Hook
Plurality of Children
Section of the Symphysis
Disorders Subsequent to Delivery
Of the General Management of Women After Delivery
Of Violent Floodings
Of the After-Pains
Of the Lochia
Of the Milk-fever
Of the Evacuations Necessary at the End of the Month After Delivery
CONDITION & DETAILS
4to (Quarto). 10.75 x 8.5 inches (268 x 212mm). 52 pages and 5 copperplate engravings. The articles are dis-bound from incomplete copies of the 1797 Encyclopaedia Britannicas .
CONDITION: The text sections and plates are in very good condition. The plates show some light foxing in the outer margin and the last few pages show some water damage.
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