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Author Withycombe, Shannon, author.

Title Lost : miscarriage in nineteenth-century America / Shannon Withycombe
Published New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (vii, 220 pages)
Series Critical issues in health and medicine
Critical issues in health and medicine.
Contents Oh joy, oh rapture : describing the nineteenth-century miscarriage -- Enveloped in mystery : pregnancy and miscarriage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries -- Before its due time : setting standards in miscarriage, 1830-1860s -- Dr. Taylor went up in the uterus : miscarriage treatment and intrusive interventions, 1860-1900 -- The body in the clot : medical interest in miscarried tissues, 1870-1912
Summary In Lost, medical historian Shannon Withycombe weaves together women's personal writings and doctors' publications from the 1820s through the 1910s to investigate the transformative changes in how Americans conceptualized pregnancy, understood miscarriage, and interpreted fetal tissue over the course of the nineteenth century. Withycombe's pathbreaking research reveals how Americans construed, and continue to understand, miscarriage within a context of reproductive desires, expectations, and abilities. This is the first book to utilize women's own writings about miscarriage to explore the individual understandings of pregnancy loss and the multiple social and medical forces that helped to shape those perceptions. What emerges from Withycombe's work is unlike most medicalization narratives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Miscarriage -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Miscarriage -- United States -- Psychological aspects
Obstetricians -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Abortion, Spontaneous -- psychology
Abortion, Spontaneous -- history
History, 19th Century
Fetal Research -- history
Pregnancy -- psychology
MEDICAL -- General.
Miscarriage -- Psychological aspects
United States
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813591570