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HAMILTON, Alexander.

A Treatise of Midwifery...

comprehending the management of female complaints, and the treatment of children in early infancy. To which are added prescriptions for women and children, and directions for preparing a variety of food and drinks, adapted to the circumstances of lying in women. Divested of technical terms and abstruse theories.

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Published: London printed for J. Murray; and J. Dickson, W. Creech, & C. Elliot, Edinburgh, 1781

Stock Code: 131800

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Notes

First edition of the Scottish physician's manual of domestic gynaecology and infant care. ESTC also records copies under an Edinburgh-only imprint, with the same pagination, published the same year; no priority established. Hamilton (1739-1802) was professor of midwifery at Edinburgh University from 1780 to 1800; his predecessor, Thomas Young, had established the city as one of the foremost centres of obstetrical training in Europe. Hamilton's importance to the field of antenatal care was further demonstrated in 1901 when "the first hospital bed for the treatment of pregnant women was endowed in the Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital, and named the Hamilton bed" after its founder (Hanson, p. 93).

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Description

Octavo (203 x 122 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, recently rebacked to style preserving the original red morocco spine label, compartments elaborately tooled in gilt, raised bands, new endpapers, edges sprinkled red.

Condition

Recornered, boards somewhat scuffed with a few marks, contents crisp and clean, one small mark to p. 279, in all a very good copy.

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