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The king's midwife : a history and mystery of Madame du Coudray

Author: Nina Rattner Gelbart
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray who, in 1759, was commissioned by Louis XV "to travel throughout France teaching the art of childbirth to illiterate peasant women."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Angelique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray; Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray; Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier Du Coudray; Angelique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Rattner Gelbart
ISBN: 0520210360 9780520210363
OCLC Number: 36695004
Description: xi, 347 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: who is Mme du Coudray? --
From private practice to public service --
Saving babies for France --
Forging farther afield: friends, "family", and foes --
Delivering the goods --
Turning over the keys --
Citoyenne midwives and the revolution.
Responsibility: Nina Rattner Gelbart.
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This biography explores the life of an extraordinary Enlightenment woman. In 1759, in an effort to end infant mortality, Louis XV commissioned Madame Angelique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray to  Read more...

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