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A woman in bed recovering from childbirth, a midwife washes the baby while another attendant looks after the mother. Woodcut.

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1 print : woodcut ; image 8.5 x 8.7 cm

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Sixteenth century lying-in-room, Switzerland. ...

Notes

On the same mount as record numbers 16917 and 16926

References note

This print is similar in compostion to the frontispiece of: J. Rueff, De conceptu et generatione hominis ..., Frankfurt 1580

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "After a woodcut appearing in the works of Jacob Rueff, a Swiss physician of that period. In nearly all of the old pictures of the lying-in-room the nurse is shown washing the child. Frequently she has her feet immersed in the water to test its temperature. The human foot is a much more sensitive "thermometer" than the hand."

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Wellcome Library no. 16930i

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