Item #17585 The Young Mother’s Guide, and Nurse’s Manual; containing advice on the management of infants, and conduct to be observed by the mother before and after child-birth. Richard S. Kissam.
The Young Mother’s Guide, and Nurse’s Manual; containing advice on the management of infants, and conduct to be observed by the mother before and after child-birth.
The Young Mother’s Guide, and Nurse’s Manual; containing advice on the management of infants, and conduct to be observed by the mother before and after child-birth.

The Young Mother’s Guide, and Nurse’s Manual; containing advice on the management of infants, and conduct to be observed by the mother before and after child-birth.

Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley, 1837. Second edition. First published in 1834. Spot of staining to cloth. Foxing to leaves. A good copy of an uncommon book. Contemporary floral patterned brown cloth titled in gilt. Twelvemo. 152 pp. Item #17585

“The object of the author is, to enter into the minute details of the Nurse’s duty to the Infant, during the first month of its life. In his own practice, he has often seriously felt the inconvenience of the want of information, in this respect, on the part of the Nurse; and it was this which chiefly induced him to prepare these pages” (preface). The present work details the “qualifications necessary to constitute a good Nurse,” “conduct of the Nurse in the sick room,” “duties of the nurse during labor,” and instructs nurses and mothers in a range of infant care topics from proper feeding and clothing to common ailments. It also contains information on pregnancy and postpartum care for mothers, including illnesses experienced after birth and their remedies. Dr. Richard Sharp Kissam (1808 – 1861) was a surgeon, lecturer, and educator. He served as a Professor of Surgery at Castleton Medical College beginning in 1845 and, around the same time, undertook a major project to revitalize Bellevue Hospital in New York, which was then a pauper’s hospital that had fallen into disrepair and poor management. He was also one of the earliest members of the New York Academy of Medicine, which was founded in 1847.

OCLC records only one physical copy of the first edition (NYU) and ten physical copies of this edition, only one west of the Mississippi (University of Texas).Gardner, Augustus Kinsley. Eulogy on Richard Sharp Kissam...read before the New York Academy of Medicine. New York: C. Alvord, 1863. Accessed on the National Library of Medicine Digital Collections website.

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