Article ID: CBB854615589

Maternal Mortality, Dublin, 1864–1902 (2018)


Using civil registration as a prism this article examines the complicated interface between the authorities, medical professionals, women in childbirth and the aftermath of delivery. It argues that Irish maternal mortality was underestimated and provides a number of arguments in relation to the complex socio-medical environment to explain why. Our research shows how a combination of cavalier attitudes towards cause of death classification and liberal interpretations of William Farr’s Statistical Nosology, served to obscure the true extent of maternal mortality in Dublin City from 1864 to 1902. By offering a microhistory of maternal mortality reporting and registration this article problematises the merits of using civil registration data as a resource for the social history of medicine.

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Authors & Contributors
Nuttall, Alison
Eyler, John M.
Rieder, Philip
McCalman, Janet
Morley, Ruth
Schwartz, Marie Jenkins
Social History of Medicine
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Spontaneous Generations
Social Science History
Johns Hopkins University Press
Harvard University Press
Pickering & Chatto
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Pittsburgh Press
Maternal health services
Mothers and children
Hospitals and clinics
Obstetrics and pregnancy
Farr, William
Winnicott, Donald Woods
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
United States
British Isles
Dublin (Ireland)
Geneva (Switzerland)

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