From Witchcraft to Wisdom

    From Witchcraft to Wisdom

    A History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the British Isles

    Geoffrey Chamberlain

    Royal College Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists 2007

    Hardback 352pp Illustrated 307x257mm

    9781904752141   Product Code: 23633

    In 1540 Thomas Raynalde published The Byrth of Mankynde, the first book written in English on obstetrics and a valuable source of education for midwives and doctors. From Witchcraft to Wisdom charts how medical knowledge and expertise concerning childbirth and women's bodies continued to develop as new techniques became available, not least the arrival of general anaesthesia in 1850. The main text is complemented by concise biographies of important figures and a varied selection of contemporary illustrations.

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