A Midwife’s Tale
The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812
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.
"A major source through which we can vicariously experience the rural life of early New England." --Carl N. Degler, The New York Times Book Review