A Midwife's Tale

A Midwife's Tale

The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

Book - 1990
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Drawing on the diaries of one woman in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier. Between 1785 and 1812, a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work (in twenty-seven years she attended 816 births) as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard but of her society. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, A Midwife's Tale is a triumph of history on a human scale.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394568447
Characteristics: x, 444 p. : maps ; 22 cm


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Jan 28, 2014

Wonderful book for those who want to know about historical history of the period, women and midwifery. I could hardly put the book down.

Jul 21, 2011

If you really want to know what life was like for the average person in the late 18th, early 19th centuries, this book is riviting. From a few laconic diary entries Ulrich deduces such a rich contextual history. I couldn't put it down.


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