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The curriculum was taught by physicians. The St. Louis College of Midwifery was the fourth school and existed from 1895 to 1909. 51 The New York State Supreme Court granted the College of Midwifery of New York City the right to confer the diploma of Graduate in Midwifery in 1883. This was a 6-month course including 3 months of lectures and demonstrations conducted in German, French, 14 ■ I: EARLY HISTORY OF MIDWIFERY IN THE UNITED STATES Spanish, as well as English. 52 The Playfair School of Midwifery was established in 1896 in Chicago and conferred a diploma in midwifery.
17 excerpts from the Malleus Maleﬁcarum (Hammer of Witches) written in 1484 by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger, the sons of Pope Innocent VIII, which they describe as a “sadistic book [that] lay on the bench of every judge” for three centuries (p. 7). ” Ehrenreich and English conclude that the witch-craze “was a calculated ruling class campaign of terrorization” (p. 8). They write that midwives were particularly strongly associated with witches as the only healers available to a populace who were “bitterly aﬄicted with poverty and disease,” include a quote that “No one does more harm to the Catholic church than midwives” (p.
This idea was vehemently denied by physicians who could not fathom that they might be bringing disease to their patients and subsequently be the cause of their death. They rejected germ theory because they could not “see” anything. This changed in 1867 when Dr. Joseph Lister published a paper that ﬁrst made the links among disease, infection, and microorganisms that could now be seen with a microscope, and Dr. Louis Pasteur identiﬁed the bacterium responsible for puerperal fever. With the development of the science of bacteriology, physicians began to accept their role in either transmitting disease or in preventing transmission of disease.
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