research product . 2018

Doubt and certainty in the early diagnosis of pregnancy (France, sixteenth to twentieth century)

Cahen, Fabrice; Chiletti, Silvia;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2018
  • Country: France
Abstract
The requirement that women should “know and let other people know” about their pregnancies dates back at least to the sixteenth century. Yet, the identification of pregnancy and of the date of conception has always been a source of uncertainty, giving rise, over the centuries, to a variety of procedures of bodily surveillance. This article re-examines the topic in the French context from the early modern era to the late twentieth century. It compares the different methods of detecting pregnancy, and the associated practical concerns, by considering specific situations related to medico-legal issues: criminal cases of infanticide (nineteenth century), anti-aborti...
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Medical Subject Headings: humanities
free text keywords: ABORTION, 20th_CENTURY, 19th_CENTURY, INFANTICIDE, PREGNANCY, HISTORY, SOCIAL_CONTROL
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