THE MARRIED WOMAN'S PRIVATE MEDICAL COMPANION,; embracing the treatment of menstruation, or monthly turns, during their stoppage, irregularity, or entire suppression. PREGNANCY, and how it may be determined; with the treatment of its various diseases. Discover how to PREVENT PREGNANCY; the great and important necessity where malformation or inability exists to give birth. To prevent miscarriage or abortion ...

NY: 1851. 12mo, pp. 238. Bottom 1/2 inch of title page cut off (below the imprint), name on end paper. Bound in little stained and worn publisher's cloth, stamped in blind. Some foxing and staining to the text. A good tight copy. Scarce. This is one of the first books to mention the use of the condom in the United States and, in a footnote (on page 144), offers them for sale from the author at her office in New York for $5 a dozen Most of the book offers practical medical advice, but the chapters on prevention of pregnancy offer information not often seen in books of this period. Item #60127

According to the Library Company of Philadelphia, "A.M. Mauriceau" was possibly a pseudonym for the infamous Madame Restell, "the most notorious abortionist in New York, and this widely distributed book was essentially an advertisement for her services, as well as for the contraceptive devices sold through the mail by her husband." This was originally issued in 1847.

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