JEAN LOUIS BAUDELOCQUE (1745-1810)
Jean Louis Baudelocque was a famous French
obstetrician of the eighteenth century. Napoleon invited him
to attend the Empress Marie-Louise in her first confinement,
and he was also engaged to look after the Queen of Holland
and the Grand Duchess of Berg
He is chiefly remembered for
developing the technique for measuring the pelvis before delivery--the pelvimeter. He was one of the first doctors
to provide medical instruction to midwives, as well as medical students.
His writings on obstetrics were well respected and his
classic text on midwifery, L’art des accouchemens
was published in 1781 and was used widely. It was reissued in many translations.
In 1790 John Heath translated L’art des
accouchemens into English, as a System of Midwifery.
This copy of Heath's translation was published by William P. Dewees in
1807 at Philadelphia.
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