OBSTETRICS

[George William Balfour, President, College of Physicians of Edinburgh; and John Wyllie, Edinburgh Professor of Medicine.] Autograph Signatures of the two men to printed certificate of competence of 'Mr Oliver Sunderland' in Midwifery.

Author: 
George William Balfour (1823-1903), Scottish physician, President of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh; John Wyllie (1844-1915), Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University
Publication details: 
Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. 20 July 1883.
£50.00

Printed on one side of 27.5 x 23 cm piece of thickish paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with closed tear at head repaired on reverse. Name of the college in fancy type at the head, and its embossed seal at bottom left. Reads, with manuscript additions in square brackets: 'Royal College of Physicians, | Edinburgh [20th July] 18[83] | It is hereby certified that [Mr Oliver Sunderland] has been duly examined in Midwifery, and found competent to practise it. | [George William Balfour] President. | [John Wyllie] Secretary.'

[Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, obstetric surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, describing in moving terms his wife's last illness and subsequent events.

Author: 
Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke (1782-1857), accoucheur, obstetric surgeon and physician to Queen Adelaide [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), widow of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
24 July 1856; Caston Rectory, Attleborough [Norfolk].
£180.00

See Clarke's entry in the Oxford DNB. The present letter, signed 'Charles Mansfield Clarke', was written (from Caston, where Clarke's son-in-law Walter Patridge was rector) a few weeks after the death on 3 July 1856 of Clarke's wife of fifty years, Mary Anna (née Squire), by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Lady Clarke's own husband had died a year and a half before, on 26 January 1855. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with minor traces of mount on reverse of second leaf. Folded once.

[David Daniel Davis, Professor in Midwifery at the University of London, who attended at the birth of Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D D Davis') to his publishers Cadell & Davies, about his translation of Pibel's 'Treatise on Insanity'.

Author: 
David Daniel Davis (1777-1841), Physician Accoucher at the Queen Charlotte Lying-in Hospital; attended at birth of Queen Victoria; Professor in Midwifery, University of London [Cadell & Davies]
Publication details: 
Sheffield; 6 April 1807.
£320.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with Sheffield postmark, to 'Messrs Cadell & Davies | Booksellers | Strand | London'. Folded several times. He begins by reporting the safe arrival of 'The parcel', with thanks for 'attending to my request in point of time'. The letter continues, with reference to his 1806 translation of Phillipe Pinel's 'Treatise on Insanity'.

['Private' printed text by Daniel Dougal, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manchester.] Professor Dougal's Notes on Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive Function. Part Two [Three; Four].

Author: 
Daniel Dougal (1884-1948), Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Manchester University, vice-president, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists [Davyhulme Military Hospital, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Davyhulme Military Hospital, Manchester.] All three parts: 'Seventh Edition, 1944.'
£350.00

Dougal received an appreciative obituary in The Times, 15 June 1948 ('His contributions to the literature of his subject were numerous and valuable. [...] his reputation was world wide. [...] only ill-health prevented him from allowing himself to be nominated for the presidency of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an honour he richly deserved.').

Printed petition endorsing the registration of midwives, headed 'Private and Confidential.] [Provisional. The Midwives' Institute.' Completed in manuscript with names, addresses and sums pledged.

Author: 
Angela Frances Mary Wigram [née Vaughan], Lady Fitzwygram (d.1935) [The Midwives' Institute, London, founded 1881]
Publication details: 
[London, 1891.]
£150.00

1p., foolscap 8vo. In good conditiion, on lightly-aged paper, with ancient price on blank reverse. The printed text reads: 'Whereas, the Lives of Mothers are daily sacrificed by the action of ignorant persons, who can at present undertake the duties of a Midwife without let or hindrance, although this calling requires careful training and guarantees of efficiency: | The Midwives' Institute has been constituted to deal effectively with this matter by procuring the introduction and passing of an Act, which the British Medical Journal states is the only remedy against the existing evils.

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