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Birthing chair and foetal positions, 16th century illustrations. This page is from 'The byrth of mankynde' (1545), a 16th-century edition of a work on childbirth by German physician Eucharius Rosslin (c.1470-1526). Rosslin's works helped improve midwifery standards that had been contributing to high rates of infant mortality. His writings were translated into many languages. His original work was written in 1513 in German under the title 'Der Rosengarten' (The Rose Garden). This edition, published in London, was translated from Latin into Early Modern English by physician Thomas Raynalde. For the full series of 17 foetal positions and disorders, see images C040/7001 to C040/7004.
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