Sally's Reviews > A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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May 09, 2010

it was amazing
Read in May, 2010

This book is a scholarly work about everyday life and how it related to a bigger picture of the time and place, which is late 1700s to very early 1800s in the state of Maine where Augusta is now located. The author used these diary entries from 1785 - 1812 to illuminate many different topics - medicine, politics, changing roles of women in medicine, the role of women in everyday life and the family, family size and activities, etc. I enjoyed reading this book and being shown the everyday life of the people of the time. It is quite funny that we think that life now is busy, and perhaps also funny to think that life is better.

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