Traité pratique des maladies de l'utérus et de ses annexes, fondé sur un grand nombre d'observations cliniques. Atlas représentant les principales altérations morbides des organes génitaux de la femme
A rare and very clean copy of this wonderful atlas: folio: 39 pages and 41 delicately hand-coloured plates. There is some light scattered spotting on the text pages, a small damp stain on the title page, and one or two plates have small marks: mostly lovely, clean and fine. The binding is excellent wityh just a touch of wear at the top of spine.
Marie-Anne Victoire Gillain Boivin (1773 – 1841) was a French midwife, inventor, and obstetrics writer. Mme Boivin has been called one of the most important women in medicine in the 19th century. She invented a new pelvimeter and a vaginal speculum, and the medical textbooks that she wrote were translated to different languages and used for 150 years.
Her nursing studies were interrupted when she married a government bureaucrat, Louis Boivin, in 1797. Louis Boivin died shortly thereafter, leaving her with a daughter and little money. She became a midwife at a local hospital, and in 1801 became its superintendent. In that role she convinced Jean-Antoine Chaptal to add a special school of obstetrics. Mme Boivin continues to study in the medical field. Mme Boivin then became Marie-Louise Lachapelle's student, assistant, and friend in Paris. Mme Boivin received her diploma in 1800, and stayed at Versailles to practice.
When her husband died, she returned to Paris to assist Mme Lachapelle at La Maternite. During that time, Mme Boivin developed a close relationship with Dr. Chaussier. Because of professional jealousy of her colleague and friend Mme Lachapelle, Mme Boivin resigned her position in 1811, and she rejected the offer of Mme Lachapelle's position after the latter died in 1822. In subsequent years she served as co-director or director at a number of hospitals, including the General Hospital for Seine-et-Oise (1814), a temporary military hospital (1815), the Hospice de la Maternité, and the Maison Royale de Santé. She was also member of several medical societies. She published articles and books about her own cases and her uterine speculum. Her 'Mémorial de l'art des accouchements' (1817) went through several editions and became a standard textbook.
'Traité de Maladies de l'Uterus et des Annexes', was her most important work. It superseded the textbook which had been in use for 150 years. The Atlas presented here was designed not only to accopany her two volume text but to be used alone and with other textbooks;
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Marie-Anne-Victoire Boivin + A. Dugès
- Book Title
- Traité pratique des maladies de l'utérus et de ses annexes... Atlas
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- J. B. Baillière, Paris
- Binding/ Material
- Hand coloured illustrations, tipped in plates
- Number of pages
- 42×30 cm