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The Murderous Midwife 0

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: English Midwives in the late 17th Century

Midwives posed a serious problem in seventeenth-century England. Excluded from formal medical training, these women were largely lower-class and self-taught, working from experience rather than theory. According to the elite doctors of the 1690s, this made them a threat: their ignorance and negligence endangered the women they delivered, and their...