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A midwife's tale : the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812

Author: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; Cairns Collection of American Women Writers.
Publisher: New York : A Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ulrich, Laurel.
Midwife's tale.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990
(OCoLC)609206722
Named Person: Martha Ballard; Martha Ballard; Martha Ballard; Martha Ballard
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; Cairns Collection of American Women Writers.
ISBN: 0394568443 9780394568447 9780679733768 0679733760
OCLC Number: 19811710
Notes: Cover title: Martha Ballard, her diary.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, History, 1991.
Description: x, 444 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: a great sea A going --
August 1787: Exceeding dangeroulsly ill --
September 1799: warpt a piece --
October 1789: Mrs Foster has sworn a Rape on a number of men --
November 1792: Matrimonial writes --
December 1797: Birth 50. Birth 51 --
January 1796: find my house up in arms --
February 1801: A desection performed --
March 1804: what a scean had I to go at Evening --
April 1806: Polly Purington here --
May 1809: Workt in my gardin --
Epilogue --
Appendix: medicinal ingredients mentioned in Martha Ballard's diary.
Other Titles: Martha Ballard, her diary.
Responsibility: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
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Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.

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