Drawing on the diaries of a midwife and healer in eighteenth-century Maine, this intimate history illuminates the medical practices, household economies, religious rivalries, and sexual mores of the New England frontier.
LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH was born in Sugar City, Idaho. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, and Simmons College. She is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and past president of the American Historical Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife's Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning website called dohistory.org. She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
INTRODUCTION "a great sea A going"
AUGUST 1787 "Exceeding Dangerously ill"
SEPTEMBER 1788 "warpt a piece"
OCTOBER 1789 "Mrs Foster has sworn a Rape on a number of men"
NOVEMBER 1792 "Matrimonial writes"
DECEMBER 1793 "Birth 50. Birth 51"
JANUARY 1796 "find my house up in arms"
FEBRUARY 1801 "A Desection Performd"
MARCH 1804 "what a scean had I to go at Evening"
APRIL 1806 "Polly Purington here"
MAY 1809 "Workt in my gardin"
Appendix: Medicinal Ingredients Mentioned in Martha Ballard's Diary
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