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Title: A front view of the pelvis, the breech of the fetus presenting
Description: An image of a fetus in the uterus in the breech position. A cross section of the uterus, the cervix (being dilated), and the pelvis is shown. A dotted outline shows the position of the rest of the pelvis. The umbilical cord can be seen wrapped around the fetus, which is in the breech position so has its head towards the top of the image and its back towards the viewer. The text explains complications that can be caused by this presentation, what actions can be taken to help deliver the child in these circumstances, and when to act. The book this is taken from contains a series of plates showing pregnancy up to full term and labour, along with difficult presentations. Each plate has a page of text to describe it, and references to the authors' other books on midwifery. The book offered instruction and advice on delivery, but explained complications and the processes of pregnancy and birth by focusing on anatomy. When this volume was published, the role of traditional midwives and man-midwives was strongly contested, and relatively little work was being done on understanding pregnancy and childbirth. Anatomy, however, was a highly respected scientific subject, and the publication of a volume on pregnancy based in anatomy helped to raise the profile of both men-midwives and the study of childbirth in medicine.
Categories: Diseases, Anatomy, Biological science, Anatomy/ Genitalia and urinary tract, Biological science/ Reproduction and childbirth, Anatomy/ Embryonic structures, Diseases/ Pregnancy complications, Human figures and faces, Human figures and faces/ Fetus  
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"A sett of anatomical tables, with explanations, and an abridgment, of the practice of midwifery: with a view to illustrate a treatise on that subject, and collection of cases", William Smellie (1754)

Date of original image publication: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT 1754
Colour: Monochrome
Illustrator: van Rymsdyk, Jan
Subject headings: Abdomen , Anatomy , Biological science , Embryonic structures , Pregnancy complications , Reproduction and childbirth , Urogenital system , Viscera
Rights : Copyright Discovery Library 2008
Publisher: Discovery Library