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Obstetrics is an umbrella term for the fields of medicine concerned with childbirth (from Latin obstare, “to stand before,” referring to the midwife standing alongside the mother giving birth). Sometimes, the term was confined to the activities of males assisting at birth as distinct from the work of the midwife, regardless of whether the assistants concerned were surgeons, accoucheurs, or academic doctors. However, this was not a mandatory distinction. In…

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Osten, Philipp, “Obstetrics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024920>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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