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Maternal Death: Scotland’s Enlightenment

Mander, R, Fleming, V and Marshall, R (2018) Maternal Death: Scotland’s Enlightenment. International Journal of Childbirth, 8 (2). pp. 70-76. ISSN 2156-5287

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The historical literature on maternal death gives little attention to the problem in Scotland. Data in a popular, yet serious, national publication for 1739–1772 suggest that there was some public interest in the problem of maternal mortality. This interest may have been associated with the democratization of many forms of knowledge, central to the Scottish Enlightenment. The publication of these data is linked to the little-known, but ground-breaking, work of Alexander Gordon on puerperal fever in Aberdeen, which long predated the study by Ignaz Semmelweis. This 18th-century publication is compared with the popular media of the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Childbirth. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/2156-5287.8.2.70
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 11:11
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 07:25
DOI or ID number: 10.1891/2156-5287.8.2.70
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10240
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