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A Midwife,s Tale The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-1812
A Midwifes Tale The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-1812 Author:Laura Thatcher Ulrich This the diary of the life of Martha Ballard, Midwife, based on her personal diary 1785-1812. Martha was an ordianry woman who turns out to be quite extraordinary. Her diary covers not only her life but covers her housekeeping, her early guide to medicine, debts, religion, family relations, the labor systom, marriage and courtship, and above all... more » the nature of female identity on the frontier. She will completely transform your picture of medical practice of this period. Wonderful read.« less
I loved the format of this book. The author begins each chapter with a few pages of Martha's diary, then spends the rest of the chapter explaining the entries. The customs of the time, the specifics of that town and family, archaic words in the diary, and especially explanations of what Martha was saying and what it meant. This is one of the most fascinating diaries I have read.