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The Court Midwife
by Justine Siegemund
translated by Lynne Tatlock
University of Chicago Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-226-75709-4 | eISBN: 978-0-226-75710-0 | Cloth: 978-0-226-75708-7
Library of Congress Classification RG950.S54 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 618.2009

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
First published in 1690, The Court Midwife made Justine Siegemund (1636-1705) the spokesperson for the art of midwifery at a time when most obstetrical texts were written by men. More than a technical manual, The Court Midwife contains descriptions of obstetric techniques of midwifery and its attendant social pressures. Siegemund's visibility as a writer, midwife, and proponent of an incipient professionalism accorded her a status virtually unknown to German women in the seventeenth century. Translated here into English for the first time, The Court Midwife contains riveting birthing scenes, sworn testimonials by former patients, and a brief autobiography.

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