Directions for Midwives

PSEUDO-ARISTOTLE. Directions for Midwives.

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PSEUDO-ARISTOTLE Directions for Midwives London, Printed for the Booksellers, 1861,

12mo. Original maroon cloth, decorated in blind, gilt title to spine; pp.320; some fading (and rubbing) to the spine, light foxing throughout, a good copy of a work not often found in the original cloth.
A fun example of Pseudo-Aristotelian medicine, in which the writer talks through the process of childbirth from conception to delivery. It's not uncommon for anonymous texts on the humanities to be attributed to Aristotle by authors who didn't want to put their name to it, and it became very fashionable to do so with texts on pregnancy and sex education, masquerading like this one under titles such as *Instructions for Midwives*. This small mid-19th century example has a number of coloured plates showing a pregnancy at various stages, during delivery, and also rarer cases such as triplets. Interestingly, it also contains an appendix of folk remedies for speedy delivery, and some for venereal diseases such as Syphilis.