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~ [Manuscript treatise. France: ?vicinity of Marseille, later nineteenth century].

Manuscript, pp. 302, plus numerous blanks at rear, ruled paper, in a neat cursive French hand with calligraphic and decorative headings. Contemporary half vellum with ticket of Jh. Rounard, maître de papiers, Place d’Orléans, Marseille, pink endpapers. One joint rather gnawed, but sound.

A substantial unpublished manuscript practical treatise on obstetrics and midwifery. 39 headings (most with numerous subheadings) plus several further sections towards the end where spaces have been left for formal headings not completed (for the full list of contents see below). An entirely practical treatise, probably intended as a course of instruction for midwives, it opens with a statement of ‘Les qualités d’une Sage femme’ covering both the physical and temperamental requirements of the calling (’Qualités physiques’ and ‘Qualités morales’). Throughout this carefully prepared and presented text are found numerous references to authors of the published corpus of European works in obstetrics including the works of: [Marie-Louise] Lachapelle [1769-1821]; [Jean-Louis] Baudelocque [1746-1810]; [Franz] Naegele [1778-1851]; Madame Meyer [?] and [Antoine Louis] Dugès [1797-1838] among several others. It thus presents an interesting case study in the dissemination and reception of medical knowledge in a practical context beyond the context of formal printed texts.

Les qualités d’une Sage femme
Accouchement
Bassin en Général
Excavation
Detroit Infèrieur
Articulations du Bassin
La tête du foetus à terme
Appareil de Copulation
Vagin
Appareil de Germination
Apareil de Gestation
Changements que l’Utérus eprouve pendant les divers Mois de la Grossesse
Déplacements de l’utérus
Renversement de l’utérus
Divisions de l’Abdomen
Developpement des annexes du foetus
Membranes propres à l’Oeuf
Placenta
Le Cordon ombilical
Developpement du foetus
Fonction du foetus
Circulation foetale
Changements que la circulation eprouve pendant les divers Mois de la grossesse
Changements que la circulation foetale eprouve pendant le travail de l’Accouchement
Changements que la circulation foetale eprouve après la Naissance
De la Grossesse (with a series of direct and indirect diagnoses)
Grossesse Géméllaire
Grossesse-extra-uterine
Accouchement
Sécrétion du lait
Présentations du Foetus
Positions de la Présentation du Vertex
Présentation de la Face
Présentation du Pelvis
Description du Forceps
Avortement
Hémorrage Produite par Implantation Anomale du Placenta
Invertie Utérine
Eclampsie ou Convulsion

Joseph Rounard is listed at the address in Marseille’s Place d’Orléans from the later 1840s.

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