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- Cäsar Adolf Bloesch – Ein Geburtshelfer? Einblicke in seine ärztliche Praxis zwischen 1832 und 1850

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Klaas Philipp,
Project Die Praxis des Bieler Arztes Caesar Adolph Bloesch (1804-1863)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Gesnerus
Volume (Issue) 69(1)
Page(s) 110 - 125
Title of proceedings Gesnerus


Delivering a contribution to the history of midwifery as it was performed in the context of general practice up to the 1850`s, the following article focuses on the ways how academic physicians integrated this field of action into their daily work. Though the entries of Cèsar Adolph Bloesch´s casebook between 1832 and 1850 show a steady demand for obstetrical activities in an urban setting, midwifery as a whole was far away from being an attractive issue to this certain physician and his colleagues. Basically, as I will argue, physicians like Bloesch got involved into the field of midwifery as it became a natural part of their duties, but at the same time they tried to limit it in favour of their general practice. In the delivery of babies, we find a clear example for this attitude.