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THE FEMALE MEDICAL REPOSITORY. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A TREATISE ON THE PRIMARY DISEASES OF INFANTS: ADAPTED TO THE USE OF THE FEMALE PRACTITIONERS AND INTELLIGENT MOTHERS; THE TECHNICAL TERMS ARE EXPLAINED, AND AN ATTEMPT HATH BEEN MADE TO REDUCE THESE BRANCHES OF "THE HEALING ART," TO CONCISENESS AND PERSPICUITY
Baltimore [Md.]: Hunter & Robinson, 1810. First Edition. Hardcover. Moderate to heavy foxing, some staining to upper half of pages toward the end; binding Fine. Overall Very Good. Duodecimo (3-3/4" x 6-1/4") bound in full calf leather recently and sympathetically rebacked retaining the original morocco spine label; 252 pages. Complete but for the rear endpaper. An Annotated Catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform: "Brevitt provides chapters on the anatomies of the female pelvis, the fetal head and the female organs of generation; menstruation and its disorders; diseases of the female genitalia; pregnancy and its disorders; 'practical midwifery' (including praeturnatural labors, the use of forceps and caesarian section); the puerperium; and the diseases of infants," as well as postnatal care of infants. Brevitt also presents strategies for abortion, despite his footnote: “I feel constrained to note here the horrid depravity of human weakness, in wretches lost to every sense of religion, morality, and that mutual attachment from a mother to her offspring, and every tender tie in nature, seek the means to procure abortion: nor are there wanting in the other sex, infernals wicked enough to aid their endeavours" (page 117n). One of the methods suggested is “electricity” which would “restore discharge,” an idea that would be picked up by later nineteenth century entrepreneurs who developed several contraptions designed to help “obstructed” women. Austin 271; Shaw & Shoemaker; 19633.
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