Child-Birth, or, the Happy Delivery of Women. Wherin is set downe the Government of Women in the time Of their breeding Childe: Of their Travaile, both Naturall and contrary to Nature: And Of their Lying in. Together with the diseases, which happen to Women in those times, and the meanes to helpe them. With a Treatise for the Nursing of Children. To which is added, a Treatise of the diseases of Infants, and young Children; with the Cur of them and also of the Small Pox. Written in French by James Guillimeau, the French King's Chirurgion.

By: Guillemeau, Jacques

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1635 RARE LANDMARK ILLUSTRATED OBSTETRIC MANUAL, ENGLISH TRANSLATION FROM THE FRENCH. 7 inches tall hardcover, 4to. [16], 247; [14], 118pp. Numerous woodcuts in text, depicting various fetal positions, twins, obstetric instruments. Contemporary tooled full calf binding, bookplate of The Janus Foundation to front paste-down. Covers cracked, corners worn through to boards, spine rubbed, lacking 1.5x2.5 cm at base of spine, exposing cords, lacking endpapers, page corners worn, scattered browning and water stains throughout, lacking leaves 79/80 and 117/118, replaced in facsimile, in custom archival mylar cover. JACQUES GUILLEMEAU (1550-1613) was a French surgeon from Orleans. He is credited for making pioneer contributions in the fields of obstetrics, ophthalmology and pediatrics. He was a surgeon at Hotel-Dieu de Paris, and a favored student of Ambroise Pare (1510-1590), who was also his father-in-law. Guillemeau, like Pare, was a surgeon to French royalty. In 1584 Guillemeau published Traite des maladies de l'oeil (Treatise on eye diseases), considered one of the best Renaissance-era works in ophthalmic medicine. In 1609 he published De l'heureux accouchement des femmes (The happy delivery of women), the first description of a method of assisted breech delivery popularized by other physicians, and sometimes known as the Mauriceau-Smellie-Veit maneuver. Guillemeau was a practitioner of the podalic version for use in cases of placenta praevia, a procedure earlier revived by Ambroise Pare. Among the very earliest obstetrical works published in English, Guillemeau's book was the first really modern one on the subject to appear in England. His midwifery book thus set out the most important devices in operative obstetrics in the pre-forceps, pre-caesarian era, and was highly valued by his contemporaries, especially in England which did not develop its own works on the subject until Harvey's book at mid-century. Hellman, Collection of early obstetrical works (1952). Cushing G 450. Wellcome I 3002. Waller 3840. Not in Osler or Heirs of Hippocrates.

Title: Child-Birth, or, the Happy Delivery of Women. Wherin is set downe the Government of Women in the time Of their breeding Childe: Of their Travaile, both Naturall and contrary to Nature: And Of their Lying in. Together with the diseases, which happen to Women in those times, and the meanes to helpe them. With a Treatise for the Nursing of Children. To which is added, a Treatise of the diseases of Infants, and young Children; with the Cur of them and also of the Small Pox. Written in French by James Guillimeau, the French King's Chirurgion.

Author Name: Guillemeau, Jacques

Categories: Medicine, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, gynecology,

Edition: English edition

Publisher: London, Printed by Anne Griffin for Joyce Norton and Richard Whitaker: 1635

Seller ID: 430

Keywords: obstetrics gynecology pediatrics France England