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History of Medicine

Getting Started

This guide is meant to be general a starting point to locating books on the history of childbirth in North America during the 19th century, primarily within the University of Chicago Library.

Keywords & subject headings

Try using some of the following keywords and subject headings in the Library Catalog or by using a database to find journals and articles, limiting to historical aspects or providing a time range if the database allows.

  • 19th (nineteenth) century
  • history of medicine
  • medicine --history
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Obstetricians
  • Obstetric Midwife
  • midwifery
  • midwives
  • Childbirth
  • Pregnancy
  • Delivery
  • Labor
  • Labor (Obstetrics)
  • Maternal health services

Resources from the University of Chicago Special Collections Resource Center

Modern manuscript and archival collections

Manuscript lecture notes on midwifery.
Handwritten notes in German (probably on birthing procedures).
Published, typed copies of formal research notes, with handwritten annotations, describing the physiology of female fertility, pregnancy, delivery, and care of infants.
Treatise in German, on the female reproductive system, fetal development, and obstetrics for midwives. Includes partial table of contents. Illustrated with pen & ink, and graphite drawings. Identified as copied in the hand of Eduard Martin, Stark's pupil and successor.


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Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Director, Humanities and Area Studies
Chemistry and Geophysical Sciences Librarian
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