1787 Art of Obstetrics Midwifery Childbirth Illustrated Medicine Baudelocque

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Jean Louis Baudelocque was an 18th-century French physician who is best-known for making obstetrics an important medical discipline in France as well as correcting common errors committed by midwives and childbirth doctors. He wrote a book discussing these issues entitled “Principles of Obstetrics” and years later produced another entitled “The Art of Obstetrics.” He taught classes on midwifery and was appointed physician-in-chief by Napoleon!

 

According to Norman,

“Baudelocque is associated with the technique of pelvic mensuration, the principles of which had been developed by Smellie… He invented a pelvimeter, and taught that the antero-posterior diameter of the pelvis could be reliably estimated by measuring the external conjugate of the pelvis, now usually referred to as ‘Baudelocque’s diameter.’ This doctrine held sway until the advent of x-rays, which revealed its inadequacy.”

Baudelocque favored the use of long forceps, which were standard in France at the time, but he increased the length of the forceps he used – a trend that would become more relevant. (Hibbard, 62). He also helped establish appropriate processes for safe and effective cesarean sections as he was very skilled at executing them; “many of his patients survived despite the lack of antiseptics, anesthesia, and antibiotics.” (Burton, 95).

 

This 1787 edition of “The Art of Obstetrics” features 30 folding engravings depicting the childbirth process and female anatomy.

 

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1787 Art of Obstetrics Midwifery Childbirth Illustrated Medicine Baudelocque

 

Jean Louis Baudelocque was an 18th-century French physician who is best-known for making obstetrics an important medical discipline in France as well as correcting common errors committed by midwives and childbirth doctors. He wrote a book discussing these issues entitled “Principles of Obstetrics” and years later produced another entitled “The Art of Obstetrics.” He taught classes on midwifery and was appointed physician-in-chief by Napoleon!

 

According to Norman,

“Baudelocque is associated with the technique of pelvic mensuration, the principles of which had been developed by Smellie… He invented a pelvimeter, and taught that the antero-posterior diameter of the pelvis could be reliably estimated by measuring the external conjugate of the pelvis, now usually referred to as ‘Baudelocque’s diameter.’ This doctrine held sway until the advent of x-rays, which revealed its inadequacy.”

Baudelocque favored the use of long forceps, which were standard in France at the time, but he increased the length of the forceps he used – a trend that would become more relevant. (Hibbard, 62). He also helped establish appropriate processes for safe and effective cesarean sections as he was very skilled at executing them; “many of his patients survived despite the lack of antiseptics, anesthesia, and antibiotics.” (Burton, 95).

 

This 1787 edition of “The Art of Obstetrics” features 30 folding engravings depicting the childbirth process and female anatomy.

 

Item number: #20117

Price: $750

 

BAUDELOCQUE. Jean Louis

 

L’art des accouchemens

 

Paris : Chez Méquignon l’aîné …, 1787.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • xiv, 557 (i.e. 569), [1]
    • 30 folding plates
  • References: Garrison-Morton 6255; Wellcome II, p.116; Norman 138; Hibbard, Obstetrician’s Armamentarium; Burton, Napoleon and the Woman Question
  • Language: French
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~6.75in X 4in (17cm x 10cm)

 

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20117

Category

Medicine & Science

Authors

BAUDELOCQUE. Jean Louis

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete