A MIDWIFE'S TALE: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812, By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A MIDWIFE'S TALE: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812
A MIDWIFE'S TALE: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812
Item# Paperback, ISBN 0-679-73376-0
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Between 1785 and 1812 a midwife and healer named Martha Ballard kept a diary that recorded her arduous work as well as her domestic life in Hallowell, Maine. On the basis of that diary, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich gives us an intimate and densely imagined portrait, not only of the industrious and reticent Martha Ballard, but of her society-a portrait that sheds light on its medical practices, religios squabbles and sexual mores. At once lively and impeccably scholarly, "A Midwife's Tale" is a triumph of history on a human scale.