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The episcopal and institutional regulation of midwifery in Ireland c.1615–1828
in Early Modern Ireland and the world of medicine
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This chapter explores the limited evidence that survives from early modern Ireland relating to the licensing and regulation of midwifery, both by the Catholic and Protestant churches and by the Dublin College of Physicians. It situates episcopal regulation in the context of the churches’ wider administrative roles in society. It also relates Catholic and Protestant practice to concerns around the proper performance of baptism. The process whereby the College of Physicians very gradually became active in regulating midwifery is also reconstructed.

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