A Treatise on Midwifry.

Ould (Fielding)

A Treatise on Midwifry.

Description: FIRST EDITION, with 2 engraved plates, imprimatur leaf, title page and last two leaves dust soiled and professionally restored at fore margin, a few spots, small chip of surface of Plate 2 adhering to page opposite, but in general a good clean copy, pp. [vi], vii-xxv, [i], 205, [5 (index)], 8vo, sympathetic modern sprinkled half calf with marbled boards, red lettering piece, vellum tips to corners, good

Publication Details: Dublin: Printed by and for Oli. Nelson and for Charles Connor, 1742

Notes: A famous book. 'Dedicated to the fellows of the College of Physicians, it also carried their imprimatur. Ould recommended the use of opiates in prolonged labour. He may have possessed a pair of obstetric forceps, and he wrote that 'The best adapted instrument is the large forceps, which is in general use all over Europe'. He described episiotomy and cautioned against premature extraction of the placenta. He opposed the use of caesarean section, which he argued would necessarily destroy the mother. His sound judgement and moral courage are evidenced by the fact that he advised professional cons...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T99259; G-M 6151)

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1742

Stock Number: 60983

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