Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany†

Citation:

Baumgarten, Elisheva. “Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany†.” Social History of Medicine 32, no. 4. Social History of Medicine (2019): 712–733.
Ask the Midwives: A Hebrew Manual on Midwifery from Medieval Germany†

Abstract:

Summary This article focuses on a chapter in a manual on circumcision written in Worms in the thirteenth century by Jacob and Gershom haGozrim (the circumcisers). The third chapter of the manual contains medical instruction on how to attend to women in labour and other gynaecological conditions. Whereas the first two chapters of the manual were published in the late nineteenth century, the midwifery chapter has only been recently examined. This article is comprised of a translation of the midwifery text(s) along with an introduction to the text and the community practices it reflects. It outlines the cooperation between medical practitioners, male and female, Jewish and Christian, and discusses the medical remedies recommended and some practices current in thirteenth-century Germany.

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