Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...

Edinburgh; London: Arch Constable & Co; Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orne; E. Cox and Son, 1804; 1806; 1818.

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A sammelband of three important midwifery tracts, including a cornerstone obstetrical work on abortion and the first comprehensive thesis on the inverted uterus

(Item #5920) Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri. with, Pregnancy, Birth.

Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...

Edinburgh; London: Arch Constable & Co; Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orne; E. Cox and Son, 1804; 1806; 1818. First editions. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with morocco and gilt to spine. All edges speckled red. Measuring 210 x 130mm and collating complete for all three texts including required titles, addenda and errata, and copperplate engravings: [6], 127, [1, blank]; [4], 56, [2, addenda], 57-139, [1, errata]; xv, [1, errata], 152. A firmly bound, square copy with minimal bumping to corners. Some marginal loss and archival reinforcement not affecting text to pages 3-4 of Herdman; ownership signature of W. Channing to title of Burns, with ink marginalia throughout in the same hand; pencil annotations and marginal foxing and staining to Newnham. All three works contained here are scarce, with OCLC reporting only 8 copies of Herdman, 14 U.S. copies of Burns, and 10 U.S. copies of Newnham. Together, they offer opportunities for considering early 19th century approaches to pregnancy -- including its treatment and termination -- as well as medical methods for ensuring the health of infants in their early weeks of life.

"In the 19th and first half of the 20th century, everybody knew about death in childbirth, particularly those women who were about to go through the process. Although death rates from many other conditions were high, they were at least among people who had been found ill beforehand. Death in relation to childbirth was mostly in otherwise healthy young women who had been quite well before becoming pregnant. In the likely event of their deaths, they often left behind the baby, and any other children from previous births, with a widowed husband" (National Library of Medicine UK). The inherent risks of pregnancy and birth made it crucial for women to recognize they did have choices; and during this period at least, those involved in midwifery and obstetrics largely made this possible. As John Burns' Observations on Abortions reminds us, abortion was sometimes a natural occurrence and sometimes a medically induced treatment; in either case, women and those assisting them should be educated in recognizing and treating symptoms, working to ensure safety and comfort, and guiding women out of the pregnant condition with their bodies and lives intact. Newnham's Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri provided some of the earliest information on one of the major threats to pregnant women -- and their fetuses' -- and a major cause of miscarriage in the period. And Herdman's tract addresses, for those women who did safely deliver and have an infant to care for, that they and their families knew how to observe key conditions that might threaten infant health, and ensure safe growth in their early days.

Scarce separately, the three tracts bound together here offer a unique opportunity to study and consider their implications together -- as well as to observe how a contemporary reader engaged with and annotated the text for study and possible use.
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Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...
Discourses on the Management of Infants [with] Observations on Abortion [with] An Essay on the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment of Inversio Uteri...