The idea that midwives and medical men fought for control of childbirth in the eighteenth century has long been viewed as a part of the history of midwifery. It is an idea that has been accepted implicitly by most writers on the subject, even those who have warned that it might be an over-simpliﬁcation.1 Originating from very different social backgrounds, the two groups operated from within radically different knowledge bases and drew on unique bodies of experience that overlapped less than might be supposed.
|Title of host publication||New Directions in Nursing History|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Perspectives|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||0203403630, 9780203403631|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Dec 2004|