From Witchcraft to Wisdom
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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.