Janette C Allotey

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This paper principally concerns the examination of four English midwifery treatises written by midwives between 1671 and 1795. It focuses on their responses to the medicalisation of childbirth and, in particular, their concerns about medical negligence and their views on the value of anatomical knowledge to the development and defence of their practice.(More)
As more midwives are becoming interested in the history of midwifery and carrying out historical research, it is opportune to consider some of the problems and pitfalls of this approach. The study and writing of history initially involves the collection of evidence, followed by its critical analysis and interpretation. The scarcity and reliability of(More)
Don Shelton noted that William Smellie and William Hunter obtained a considerable number of the bodies they illustrated in their Atlases by the process of ‘burking’ (i.e. murdering these women to order). According to Shelton ‘The two atlases depict dissections of over 30 pregnant subjects, mainly in the ninth month of pregnancy’. Hunter illustrated a total(More)
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