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dc.contributor.authorPark, Katharine
dc.date.accessioned2009-08-21T13:26:07Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationPark, Katherine. 2008. The death of Isabella Della Volpe: Four eyewitness accounts of a postmortem caesarean section in 1545. Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82(1): 169-187.en
dc.identifier.issn0002-5140en
dc.identifier.issn0007-5140en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3221078
dc.description.abstractThis article provides a transcription and translation of four notarized declarations describing the events surrounding a postmortem caesarean section performed in 1545 in Vercelli, a small city in the Duchy of Savoy. After her death in the late stages of pregnancy, Isabella della Volpe’s body was opened and her fetus excised by a local barber, aided by a surgeon and a midwife. The article argues that the postmortem caesarean section was a well-known and widely accepted procedure and that it might be motivated by financial and legal as well as religious concerns; not only was it important to baptize the child for its salvation, but the fate of the mother’s dowry, as in this case, might depend on whether she died with or without living issue.en
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Scienceen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherJohns Hopkins University Pressen
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/bulletin_of_the_history_of_medicine/en
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journals/bulletin_of_the_history_of_medicine/v082/82.1park.pdfen
dash.licenseOAP
dc.subjectVercellien
dc.subjectmedicine and the lawen
dc.subjectdowryen
dc.subjectbaptismen
dc.subjectchildbirthen
dc.subjectcaesarean sectionen
dc.titleThe Death of Isabella Della Volpe: Four Eyewitness Accounts of a Postmortem Caesarean Section in 1545en
dc.relation.journalBulletin of the History of Medicineen
dash.depositing.authorPark, Katharine
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/bhm.2008.0030
dash.contributor.affiliatedPark, Katharine


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