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Item Description: Paris: Laurent D'Houry, 1710., 1710. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 6 leaves, 127 pp, 3 plates, each with with explanatory text leavf; 2 leaves, 176 pp, 2 leaves [Approbation; Privilege du Roy]. Contemporary full leather. Piece of leather missing from bottom corner of front cover. Front joint cracked. Dampstain in upper quarter of text leaves. Slight mustiness. Second Edition. Originally published in 1677 with the title Instruction familière & très-facile, faites par questions & réponses touchant toutes les choses principales qu'une sage-femme doit sçavoir pour l'exercice de son art. "One of the best private pupils of Louise Bourgeois was Marguerite du Tertre de la Marche, the 'superior midwife' at the Hotel Dieu for many years [1670 to 1686]. It was she who finally reorganized the training of midwives, gave them a three months' course, and insisted on their learning how to manage a case without the help of a surgeon. In 1677, she wrote a book of questions and answers for her pupils to use in all emergencies [the second edition of which is offered here]" (Hurd-Mead, History of Women in Medicine, p. 423). "Marguerite du Tertre (née La Marche), whose book of instructions to midwives depicted the vast experience of a master, was a famous teacher in Paris. A new edition, with the addition of Mme. Boursier's Secrets choisis, was published in 1710 [offered here]. The book is usually referred to under her maiden name of La Marche, which she resumed after her husband's death. It was written in the question and answer form of pupil and teacher" (Cutter & Viets, Short History of Midwifery, p. 222). Siebold, Versuch einer Geschichte der Geburtshülfe, Vol. II, p. 192. Fasbender, Geschichte der Geburtshülfe, pp. 177-78 (and elsewhere). The book by Madame Boursier [Louise Bourgeois] has its own title page: "Recueil de secrets choisis et eprouvez pour diverse maladies, principalement celles des femmes; & pour leur embellissement." "Louise Bourgeois's Recueil des secrets is a collection of some 280 recipes for medical cures and cosmetic preparations to be made in the home. It is divided into five sections. The first . . . entitled 'Maladies internes', has remedies for affections of the head, chest, liver and spleen, kidneys and bladder, intestines, and for gout, with two chapters . . . devoted to fevers and the plague. Section II, 'Des Maladies externes', has three chapters, one each on tumours, ulcers and wounds. Section III is headed 'Maladies des femmes', section IV 'Des Embellissements', while section V has the title 'Contenant divers remedes', and includes a variety of purgative drinks, together with instructions for preparing a range of waxed cloths and plasters for external application" (Perkins, Midwifery and Medicine in Early Modern France, Louise Bourgeois, p. 121; see ch. 7, pp. 121-39). Cutter & Viets, ibid., pp. 73-76 and 196-97. OCLC locates copies in these US libraries: Univ. of California San Francisco, NLM, NY Acad. Med., Pennsylvania, Coll. Phys. Phila., Pittsburgh, Virginia Hist. Soc., Yale. Bookseller Inventory # 15178

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