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A Midwife's Tale The Lifeof Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-1812
A Midwife's Tale The Lifeof Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-1812 Author:Laurel Thatcher Ulrich This much more than a 'midwife's tale'. It is a rich re-creation and interpretation of a family, a community, indeed and era. At every point Ulrich connects the fascinating store of Martha Ballard to larger historical themes, drawing her readers into the social web of everyday life. In the process, she completely transforms our picture of med... more »ical practice of the period.« less
This was an awesome book. I have a hard time reading history books and this one was not easy. However, the history was entwined with great writing from Ms. Ulrich. I have 2 great grandmothers who were midwives in their small towns . This really brought their vocation alive to me. I am very grateful to Ms. Ulrich for such a wonderful book.