A Letter to Sir William Garrow, His Majesty's Attorney-General, on His Proposed Bill for Regulating the Practice of Surgery Throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
The writer, obstetrician James Hamilton (1767-1839), writes to Attorney-General Sir William Garrow (1760-1840) to protest a bill that restricts the practice of midwifery to surgeons. Garrow, an 18th-century barrister, often took the side of the poor and coined the phrase "innocent until proven guilty." Hamilton, Chair of Midwifery at Edinburgh University, also took the part of the lower classes, refusing to attend great ladies in private homes and preferring to treat impoverished women from the slums. Here he clearly states why midwifery should be practised by physicians as well as surgeons; we know his arguments were successful for this bill did not become law.
Publisher: Printed by Murray & Cochrane
Date Published: April 17, 1817
Place Published: Edinburgh
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 21 p. 28 cm hardcover in quarter leather spine with marbled paper boards. Foxing to endpapers, title page, first and last page. Small notation at top inner corner of title.