Wet Nursing A History From Antiquity To The Present..
Bound in original black cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper. A fine copy.
(family, sexuality and social relations in past times).
8vo. 6.25 x 9.25 inches. xx + 300 pp.
Illustrated by text figures, including maps and tables.
Wet nursing - breast feeding for money, is one of the oldest professions open to women. This book is a history of these substitute mothers from earliest times to the present. The author explores the whole topic - the fads, fallacies and facts - from the ancient societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Enlightenment Europe and colonial America to the present day. A well researched study by Dr. Valerie Fildes, author of titles on the history of childbirth, motherhood and the rearing of infants.
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