Numerous text illustrations. xx, 685, 32 pp. of publisher's ads. Thick 8vo, cont. speckled calf (joints and head & foot of spine repaired). Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1849. First edition. Meigs (1792-1869), published this book in opposition to Simpson's advocacy of obstetric anesthesia. Meigs, an influential professor of midwifery and diseases of women and children at Jefferson Medical College, believed that pain was a normal and necessary part of the pregnancy process, implying that childbirth was a natural biological phenomenon. Nice copy, some foxing. Stamp of Medical Society of the County of Queens on the free front-endpaper. ❧ Cutter & Viets, A Short History of Midwifery, p. 159. Ricci, The Development of Gynaecological Surgery and Instruments, pp. 519-20. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5377)
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