My Sources

I have amassed a great collection of books and websites that I have used as sources at one point or another:

For instance, I own a copy of The Married Woman’s Private Medical Companion by Dr. Mauriceau. Except it was not written by Dr. Mauriceau.  Capitalizing on the name of a prominent obstetrician, Charles Lohman wrote the book under the pseudonym as a way to sell contraceptives and abortifacients. His wife, Ann Lohman (aka Madame Restelle) was in jail at the time, serving a sentence for the death of Maria Bodine who had died during an abortion she had performed.  There are many websites discussing this, but here is one of the best:

Marriages and Fools, A Peep at the Mysteries of Nature by J. H. Greer, MD.  There is no publication date printed anywhere on the book that I can find.  I suspect it is actually late Victorian as there are letters printed in the back pertaining to “treatment by correspondence” dating to 1885 and 1900.

The Gentleman and Lady’s Book of Politeness and Propriety of Deportment by Mme. Celnart.  Fifth American Edition, Philadelphia, 1852.

Household Surgery, Hints on Emergencies by John F. South. London, 1853, Fourth Edition.  This fascinating book discusses leeches, cupping, how to make a variety of poultices, set bones, and a variety of other minor emergencies.

The Lover’s Letter Writer and Etiquette of Courtship and Marriage.  Fisher and Brother Publishers, Philadelphia.  No date.  Covers correspondence of courtship and much of the ritual and detail of betrothal and the wedding.

The Smitten Household, or Thoughts for the Afflicted by Prime, Sprague, Waterbury, and Butler.  New York, 1856.  A devotional specifically addressing the death of a child.

Woman:  Her Diseases and Remedies by Charles Meigs, M.D.  Philadelphia, 1854.  Exceedingly detailed tome exploring common diseases and their treatment at the time.

The Process of Parturition by Francis Ramsbotham, M.D. Philadelphia, 1849.  Fascinating, beautifully illustrated text book of obstetrics.

Consumption Curable and its Treatment by William Mason Cornell, M.D. Boston, 1950.

More books to come when I have more time….

Other Helpful Websites:

A history of residency at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh:

An fascinating collection on Victorian History:

Here you will find a great synopsis of Victorian mourning etiquette as well as some modern observations:

4 thoughts on “My Sources

  1. I just discovered something which may be of interest to you as a doctor and writer of historical fiction, though it may be something of which you know. It’s about the French surgeon who saved Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi’s leg (definitely) and his life (probably) with the simplest of medical devices he invented. Within three years it was taken up by the profession — around the world I guess — as it was available and used to probe Lincoln’s head injury. Story’s here,
    It could a great plot device. I’d love your comments on the view of patient confidentiality of the time and the excruciating degree of pain that could be expected to be tolerated by 19th century patients.


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