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p-births-msg - 12/19/09


Giving birth in the Middle Ages.


NOTE: See also the files: pregnancy-msg, burials-msg, bastards-msg, p-marriage-msg, p-medicine-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org


I  have done  a limited amount  of  editing. Messages having to do  with separate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were removed to save space and remove clutter.


The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make  no claims  as  to the accuracy  of  the information  given by the individual authors.


Please  respect the time  and  efforts of  those who have written  these messages. The  copyright status  of these messages  is  unclear at this time. If  information  is  published  from  these  messages, please give credit to the originator(s).


Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



From: PORTERG at RUBY.VCU.EDU (Greg Porter)

Date: 16 Jun 90 03:02:00 GMT


  As for information on birth in the middle ages (and earlier), I strongly

recommend the book 'Devils, Drugs, and Doctors; the story of the Science

of Healing from Medicine-Man to Doctor' by Howard W.Haggard, M.D. <c>1929

Harper and Brothers.  Cardinal edition (pb) 1953 USA.  It follows the advance

of medical science with emphasis on obstetrics.  Some of the earlier practices

by both midwife and doctor are ghastly.  After the fall of Greek and Roman

civilization, there was a great drop in the quality of care during birth.

This lasted until the 16thC.  


        Morgan Wolfsinger (Catherine DeMott, D.V.M.) by my lord's net access


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