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Description - African American Midwifery in the South by Gertrude Jacinta Fraser

Starting at the turn of the 20th century most African-American midwives in the South were gradually excluded from reproductive health care. Here Gertrude Fraser shows how physicians, public health personnel and state legislators mounted a campaign ostensibly to improve maternal and infant health, especially in rural areas. They brought traditional midwives under the control of a supervisory body, and eventually eliminated them. The author explores a number of ideas about race, gender the relationship of medicine to society and the status of the South in the national political and social economies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008526
ISBN-10: 0674008529
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 520
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gertrude Jacinta Fraser

Gertrude Jacinta Fraser is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia.