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Childbirth anatomy illustrations, 16th century

Childbirth anatomy illustrations, 16th century

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Childbirth anatomy illustrations, 16th century. 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). The illustration shows the anatomy of a dissected uterus and other reproductive areas. Knowledge of such anatomy was necessary when performing a caesarean section. 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.

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