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Minerva Ginecologica 2009 August;61(4):357-63

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Analysis of a documental source of the Ginecological-Obstetric Institute of Milan. Year 1907

Persico G.

Dipartimento di Scienze Chirurgiche. Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italia


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The look I have at those origins of the obstetric assistance that are historically accepted, both as documental and narrative sources or monumental and instrumental ones, it is for some way very similar to the curious glance, fascinated and respectful of an archeologist who begins to look and study some vestiges emerged from deep in the past. He looks to these rests as if he looked at so many evidences of men’s lives that have passed through the history and at facts that have characterized the evolution of our society during the last centuries as well. The aim of this work was an historical source of the contemporary assistance. The purpose is the critical analysis and the interpretation of this source itself. The instruments involved in this work are: the description of the source, its intrinsic and extrinsic examination and the interpretation compared to the midwifery considered in the historic context. The followed method is the “historical method” suggested by Federico Chabod. As the choose document is in some way a “no name”, before I enter in this historiographycal examination, I believe it is convenient to describe the place where such document was born and has attended to its aims.

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