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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A substantial unpublished manuscript treatise on obstetrics and midwifery. There are 39 headings (most with numerous subheadings) plus several further sections towards the end where spaces have been left for formal headings not completed (full list of contents below). An entirely practical treatise, probably intended as a course of instruction for midwives, the manuscript 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, supplier of the blank ruled book in the which the manuscript is written is listed at the address in Marseille’s Place d’Orléans from the later 1840s.

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