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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Register of Midwifery Cases


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0172

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Register of Midwifery Cases

Date(s): 1847-1873

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

The register of midwifery cases was possibly compiled by Thomas Ballard, an obstetrician practising in Southwick Place, Hyde Park, London. Ballard became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1843, and licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1844. He studied at St Georges Hosptial, and obtained his doctorate from St Andrews University in 1862. Ballard was a member of the Harveian Society, a fellow of the Royal Medical Chirurgical and Obstetrical Society, and a member of the Pathological Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Register of midwifery cases, 1847-1873, comprising a printed introduction to the layout of the volume; a periodoscope, a circular disc used to calculate the period of pregnancy and date of conception; and detailed midwifery case notes.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Downton Accession Book, 1941-1945



Archival history:

George Leslie Eastes suggests that the volume probably came to his father on the death of Thomas Ballard. Ballard was a close neighbour to the practice of George Eastes in Albion Place, London, and subsequently took over Ballard's practice when he died.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated from the Library of George Eastes (FRCS), by his son George Leslie Eastes (MRCS) in 1942.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Medical records | Documents | Information sources
Midwifery | Nursing | Medical sciences
Observation | Scientific methods
Obstetrics | Medical sciences
Pregnancy | Human reproduction | Physiology
Primary documents
Reproductive cycle

Personal names
Ballard | Thomas | fl 1843-1874 | obstetrician

Corporate names

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe