Bristol: John Wright, 1906. Second edition, revised. OCLC records no copies of any other edition and only seven copies of this edition: two in the United States (Columbia, UChicago), four in the UK, and one in France. With three text figures. Interesting advertisements for menstrual products, health and childcare manuals, cosmetics, and more. Published with the endorsement of Princess Christian of Schleswig Holstein, President of the National Health Society, and Charles James Cullingworth, an obstetrician and surgeon. Some wear to spine but still quite attractive. Yellow coated endpapers, also printed with ads. Contemporary pencil signature to front endpaper. Some foxing to edges and first few pages. A very good, clean copy of this scarce health manual. Original dark gray printed paper wrappers printed in red, black, and silver. Octavo. vii, 165, [9 ads] pp. Item #16989
The present work “took a commonsense and progressive attitude to possible gynecological problems and gave clear useful advice,” (Dictionary of Irish Biography). Topics covered include irregular periods, menopause, uterine cancer, anemia, and more. In the preface, Stacpoole writes, “A well-known doctor has said: ‘The past generation of women were taught to suffer in silence, and their daughters have learned much of the same stoicism from them. Suffering is not a woman’s necessary lot.’ This cheering conclusion is undoubtedly correct when women understand the usual causes of the various ailments to which their sex renders them liable. Unfortunately, this knowledge does not come by nature, and hence danger is incurred through ignorance of what may be readily learnt, and should be taught,” (p. iii).
Florence Stacpoole (1850 – 1942) was a suffragist, certified member of the London Obstetrical Society, lecturer for the National Health Society, and a Poor Law Guardian. Her primary focus as a writer was practical advice on women’s health, childcare, and budgeting: her publications included guides like The Care of Infants and Young Children and Invalid Feeding (1895), Handbook of Housekeeping for Small Incomes (1898), and Ailments of Women and Girls (1904). Stacpoole was also a member of the British Astronomical Association and the Modern Churchman’s Union.