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Louise Bourgeois (1563--1636): Une sage-femme entre deux mondes (2009)


As a well-known practitioner Louise Bourgeois (1563-1636) lived experience of popular Parisian suburbs, middle-class and of the Court. As midwife of the Queen, she delivered Queen's six babies. One of them was the Dauphin who became King Louis XIII. Her habit of language and her vocabulary demonstrate that she was belonging to both of popular and educated worlds. Obstetrics was not free of Hippocrates and Galen conceptions and the theoretic weakness of her written works is noticeable while Paré then Guillemeau began the increasing knowledge of obstetrics.


Description Bourgeois was the Queen's midwife, who delivered six of her babies, including the Dauphin who became King Louis XIII.

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Authors & Contributors
Sheridan, Bridgette Ann Majella
McTavish, Lianne
Read, Kirk D.
Barry, Stéphane
Homei, Aya
King, Helen
Social History of Medicine
Medical History
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Renaissance Studies
Journal of Social History
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Ashgate Publishing
Boston College
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Obstetrics and pregnancy
Nurse midwives
Medicine and gender
Physicians; doctors
Boursier, Louise Bourgeois
Roeslin, Eucharius
Savonarola, Giovanni Michele
Zurich (Switzerland)
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century
19th century

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