A Guide to the Record of Obstetrical Cases in Rural Virginia and Ohio by B.G. Warwick, 1838-1877 Record of Obstetrical Cases in Rural Virginia and Ohio by B.G. WarwickMS-63

A Guide to the Record of Obstetrical Cases in Rural Virginia and Ohio by B.G. Warwick, 1838-1877

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Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Accession Number MS-63


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Repository
Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia
Accession Number
MS-63
Title
Record of Obstetrical Cases in Rural Virginia and Ohio by B.G. Warwick, 1838-1877
Physical Description
1 folder with the dimensions of 8.5 inches by 14 inches
Creator
University of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

No use restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Record of Obstetrical Cases in Rural Virginia and Ohio by B.G. Warwick, Accession #MS-63, Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

This item was purchased from Bartleby's Books of Chevy Chase, Maryland, in September 2014 for the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia.


Biographical/Historical Information

Dr. Beverly Green Warwick (1805-1880) was born in Nelson County, Virginia. He attended lectures at the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1837, possibly his only formal medical education. Warwick and his wife, Mary, resided in Augusta County, Virginia, where Warwick practiced medicine from the late 1830s to the 1850s. Warwick specialized in obstetrics and sometimes attended his patients with the aid of a midwife or another local doctor. In 1857 he left Virginia and moved to Scioto County, Ohio where he continued to work as a physician. From 1838 to 1877, Warwick kept a notebook in which he recorded the patients he attended, many of whom lived in Deerfield and Middlebrook, small communities in Augusta County, Virginia. The notebook also includes later cases which Warwick continued to document after his move to Ohio. Warwick’s writings suggest that he often felt inexperienced in his work, but he was eager to improve his medical knowledge and strived to care for his patients to the best of his ability. Warwick died in Lucasville, Scioto County, Ohio on June 15, 1880.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 1 folder containing the notebook kept by Dr. Warwick detailing his obstetrics practice in Augusta County, Virginia (1838-1856) and Scioto County, Ohio (1857-1877). Warwick’s notebook begins with a short preface in which the author describes his intentions of documenting his obstetrical cases for his own curiosity and the educational benefit of himself and others. The work contains records of approximately 290 deliveries that he performed over his career. His patients included white and black women, as well as a few apparently single women that Warwick attended at the local poorhouse. His notes describe the condition of the mother, the position and presentation of the fetus, any complications during the birth, and the outcome. Warwick’s writings recount the many dangers of childbirth in rural America during the mid-nineteenth century, including stillbirths, hemorrhage, and the potential loss of mother and child. One entry describes an unsuccessful “Ceasarian Operation” attempted in 1856 by Dr. Vincent T. Churchman at which Warwick was present; neither mother nor child survived. Included among the entries are the births of Warwick’s own children.

Arrangement

This collection consists of only 1 item.

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1 [vault]
Record of obstetrical cases in rural Augusta County, Virginia (1838-1856) and Scioto County, Ohio (1857-1877) by Dr. Beverley Green Warwick, 1838-1877
Small leather notebook, 15 cm, 70 pages of text, approx. 3000 words. Pages and binding are very fragile and show signs of fire and moisture damage.

Report of births and obstetrical cases attended by Dr. B.G. Warwick in rural central Virginia and southern Ohio.