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Midwifery and the Construction of an Image in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

Midwifery and the Construction of an Image in Nineteenth-Century Brazil Midwifery and the Construction of an Image in Nineteenth-Century Brazil MAR IA LUCIA Mon Fac uldade Adventista de Enfermagem Introd uction By all accounts, Maria Josefin a Matilde Durocher, rhe first midwife to earn a diploma in ninereemh-cenmry Brazi l and one of its mosr prominent and flamboy­ ant practitioners, had an illustrious career. Born in Paris in 1809, she ca me to Rio de Janeiro in 18 16 with her mmher, a florist and dressmaker. When she was about 25 years o ld , Durocher was gramed her midwi fe diploma from rhe Medical School in Rio de Janei ro and, just after graduation, began wearing a coat, a rie, and a male hat. Durocher herself stated that this male clothing was not only better sui ted for her kind of work. but it also inspired mtst among the people she attended. Durocher worked for almost sixty years and assisted wirh more than 5,500 childbirths. Sh e nor o nly helped with normal b irths, but also performed m ost of the kn own obstetric .su rgeries ( w irh the exception of th e Cesarean , performed only rarely in Brazil unti l the ea rly rwenr http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Midwifery and the Construction of an Image in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

Nursing History Review , Volume 11 (1): 19 – Jan 1, 2003

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.11.1.31
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Midwifery and the Construction of an Image in Nineteenth-Century Brazil MAR IA LUCIA Mon Fac uldade Adventista de Enfermagem Introd uction By all accounts, Maria Josefin a Matilde Durocher, rhe first midwife to earn a diploma in ninereemh-cenmry Brazi l and one of its mosr prominent and flamboy­ ant practitioners, had an illustrious career. Born in Paris in 1809, she ca me to Rio de Janeiro in 18 16 with her mmher, a florist and dressmaker. When she was about 25 years o ld , Durocher was gramed her midwi fe diploma from rhe Medical School in Rio de Janei ro and, just after graduation, began wearing a coat, a rie, and a male hat. Durocher herself stated that this male clothing was not only better sui ted for her kind of work. but it also inspired mtst among the people she attended. Durocher worked for almost sixty years and assisted wirh more than 5,500 childbirths. Sh e nor o nly helped with normal b irths, but also performed m ost of the kn own obstetric .su rgeries ( w irh the exception of th e Cesarean , performed only rarely in Brazil unti l the ea rly rwenr

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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