Angelique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray — midwife
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Le Boursier du Coudray, Angelique Marguerite
Abrégé de l'art des accouchemens
Paris: Chez Théophile Barrois le jeune, 1785
A descendant of pioneering midwife Louise Bourgeois Boursier, Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray passed the tests to be admitted as a midwife of the city and faubourgs of Paris in 1740, after a three-year apprenticeship under Anne Bairsin. In 1759, King Louis XV chose her to travel throughout France to teach midwifery in an effort to decrease infant mortality. That same year, her De virorum organiz generationi inservientibus was published, a practical textbook intended to modernize and professionalize midwifery in France. This copy is signed by Du Coudray.
Le Boursier du Coudray, Angelique Marguerite, Abrégé de l'art des accouchemens, Paris: Chez Théophile Barrois le jeune, 1785, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4047