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Caesarean Birth
The Work of François Rousset in Renaissance France - A New Treatise on Hysterotomotokie or Caesarian Childbirth

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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781906985349

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  • François Rousset's sixteenth-century treatise was the first known text to promote the idea of caesarean birth. In its time, Rousset's book was translated into German and Latin, but until publication of this book there was no known English translation. The original text was highly controversial four centuries ago, and caesarean section - especially the rising rate of caesarean births, with one-quarter to one-third of women now delivered using this procedure in some countries - continues to be a source of controversy in both the medical and lay text. It therefore seems appropriate to revisit the origins of the ongoing debate. In addition to the translation, the book contains an introduction by the translator and a commentary by the editor, as well as reproductions of contemporary woodcuts and illustrations. Also included are appendices providing a brief summary of 16th century French history, and an insight into Rousset's patron and most notable patients.

    • This is the first known English translation of Rousset's seminal work - the first text to promote caesarean birth
    • Includes commentary and appendices on Rousset, his treatise, his patron and most notable patients, as well as a brief summary of 16th century French history
    • Contains reproductions of contemporary woodcuts and illustrations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781906985349
    • length: 142 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Translator's introduction
    François Rousset and the first text on caesarean section Thomas F. Baskett
    Original title page
    Translation of title page
    Preface to the reader
    1. Definition of caesarean childbirth
    2. Second proof: logic (reason)
    3. Third justification: expert opinion
    4. Examples documenting other worse dangers from similar operations that are not caesarean
    5. Other more popular justifications
    6. On the fertility that remains after caesarean section
    A short guide to surgeons on the technique of caesarean
    Appendix 1. Summary of 16th century French history
    Appendix 2. Renée de France (1510–75), Duchess of Ferrara, Chartres, Montargis and Nemours
    Appendix 3. Jacques de Savoie-Nemours (1531–85), Duc de Nemours and Genevois.

  • Translator

    Ronald Cyr, Michigan State University
    Ronald Cyr is an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Michigan State University.


    Thomas Baskett, Dalhousie University, Halifax
    Thomas F. Baskett sat on the Canadian Representative Committee from 1987–94 and was Chairman from 1995 to 1998. He was previously a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

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