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From Witchcraft to Wisdom


  • Page extent: 352 pages
  • Size: 307 x 257 mm
  • Weight: 2.32 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 618.0941
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RG67.G7 C438 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Obstetrics--Great Britain--History
    • Gynecology--Great Britain--History
    • Obstetrics--history
    • Gynecology--history
    • Great Britain

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781904752141)

This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book tells the story of childbearing since 1540, from an event so dangerous that many women made their wills before labour began to the high-tech deliveries of today. The book also reveals the battles which had to be fought with the surgeons, with the church and against public opinion to bring these advances about. The story is told against a background of significant social and historical events in the British Isles and, where relevant, abroad. The book also contains quotations from a variety of sources, some of which history has proved correct and others which have been proved lamentably wrong. Individuals of special importance and developments of particular significance are highlighted.

• Beautifully illustrated throughout • Reveals the battles which had to be fought with the surgeons, with the church and against public opinion • Will appeal to those with an interest in medical history and women's history and to sociologists, as well as to all those working in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology


1. Prequel: from the beginning to 1540; 2. The Tudor era 1540–1603; 3. Stuart times 1603–88; 4. Enlightenment 1688–1783; 5. The Industrial Revolution 1783–1837; 6. Victorian improvements 1837–1901; 7. Early modern history 1901–45; 8. Modern times 1945–2000; Appendix 1. A brief history of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1929–2000; Appendix 2. Time lines; Further reading; Illustrations and credits; Index.

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