A Midwife’s Tale: Understanding the Time Period of Martha Maud Ballard
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Ballard, on September 2, 1794, wrote in her diary that, “[She] walkt to mr Pittss this morn where [she] Saw the opperation of a Dessection performd on his Deseased wife. her Lights were found to be very much ulcerated & a Skirrous utera. her remains were interd about 6h Pm.” Ballard is here talking about a dissection of a deceased female that she witnessed...
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This incident provides insight on the state of early medicine. Doctors in the time period used some methods that are still in practice today, for instance: the dead woman’s autopsy gave them knowledge of why she died, not unlike autopsies performed today.
Society was different in the post-Revolutionary war era...
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