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Superstitions about pregnancy and parturition

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7524.1074 (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1074

DR.ISAMBERT of Tours has collected notes about local superstitions still prevalent amongst French countrywomen, notwithstanding the general distribution of education on modern principles throughout the Republic from Calais to the Pyrenees…. Certain curious customs, based on an idea that the male has influence on the fetus beyond the date on which he begot it—an idea not unknown amongst uncivilized races—still prevail amongst the French peasantry. Dr. Marignan of Marsillargues attended a woman who put on her husband's …

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