By Betsy Israel
Journalist Betsy Israel paints remarkably brilliant pics of unmarried girls -- and the way they've been perceived -- through the a long time utilizing fundamental resources, together with inner most journals, newspapers, and different fabrics from well known media. From the nineteenth-century spinsters of recent England to the Bowery women of latest York urban, to the profession ladies of the Fifties and Sixties, unmarried ladies have fought to discover, and believe cozy in, that room in their personal. One want in simple terms examine Bridget Jones and the intercourse and the town gang to determine that unmarried girls nonetheless hold an uneasy courting with the remainder of society -- and but radiate glamour and mystery.
Bachelor woman shines a gentle at the stereotypes that experience stigmatized unmarried ladies and celebrates their imaginitive experience of spirit, company, and limitless luck in an international the place it really is now not strange or not going to be unwed.
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Indeed, the same home medical book that contained the detailed descriptions of intrauterine life noted earlier had this to say about uterine hemorrhage or "flooding": When the flooding returns, in great degree, in spite of all efforts to prevent [it], the women becoming extremely pallid, showing excessive loss of blood, but one remedy is left, and that is to produce an immediate abortion. Unless the danger be very pressing, the advice or direction of a physician should be taken before the destruction of the child.
14 It is true that some early colonies did establish different fee structures for "trained" as opposed to "folk" doctors, but these regulations MEDICINE AND MORALITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY 17 were not supported by "enabling" legislation. "Trained" physicians had the right to charge more, but there were no regulatory mechanisms by which they could enforce their higher fees or, more importantly, deny others the right to practice medicine. From the earliest days of the medical profession in this country, therefore, physicians wanted effective licensing laws that would do for them what the guild structures had done for their European colleagues, namely, restrict the competition.
Nonetheless, estimates from differing sources yield roughly comparable results. An Ohio medical investigation concluded that one-third of all "live births" (sic) ended in induced abortion. Dr. 29 Contemporary observers such as these were in unanimous agreement that the women who engaged in abortion did not believe they were doing anything wrong. The common law tradition, they argued, led women to feel that abortion before quickening was morally blameless, only slightly different from preventing a conception in the first place.
Bachelor Girl: 100 Years of Breaking the Rules--a Social History of Living Single by Betsy Israel