A Dissertation on Infanticide: In Its Relations to Physiology and Jurisprudence

J. and C. Adlard, 23, Bartholomew Close ; and published by John Souter, 73, St. Paul's Church Yard ; sold also by Henry Butterworth, law bookseller [and 13 others], 1821 - 99 Seiten

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Seite 98 - Scotland, shall conceal her being with child during the whole period of her pregnancy, and shall not call for and make use of help or assistance in the birth, and if the child be found dead or be amissing, the mother being lawfully convicted thereof, shall be imprisoned for a period not exceeding two years, in such common gaol or prison as the Court before which she is tried shall direct or appoint.
Seite 96 - Lord one thousand eight hundred and three, the trials in England and Ireland respectively of women charged with the murder of any issue of their bodies, male or female, which being born alive would by law be bastard, shall proceed and be governed by such and the like rules of evidence and of presumption as are by law used and allowed to take place in respect to other trials for murder, and as if the said two several acts had never been made.
Seite 46 - ... interval of time between what we may call the birth of the child's head, and the protrusion of its body. And if this may happen where the best assistance is at hand, it is still more likely to happen when there is none ; that is, where the woman is delivered by herself.
Seite 93 - ... the orbicular direction of the fibres round the orifice of the tubes very evident. The substance is whitish. The intestines have not yet assumed the same order as usual ; but the distended coecum is often more prominent than the rest. " It is a month at least before the uterus returns to its natural state, but the os uteri rarely, if ever, closes to the same degree as in the virgin state.
Seite 14 - Towards the seventh month, the superior point, which answers to the odontoid process, is larger than the inferior, which relates to the body of the bone. At about the eighth month, the transverse processes have begun to ossify in the first of the lumbar vertebrae. At the time of birth, ossification has commenced in the body of the first cervical vertebra, and also in the first bone of the coccyx. At this age, the body of the fourth lumbar vertebra, which is the most voluminous, is three lines in...
Seite 51 - Heister relates the case of a very feeble infant, whose lungs sunk in water, though it lived nine hours after birth.* And a late writer on Infanticide states, that he had been informed by a physician to the Foundling Hospital at Naples, who opened daily, on an average, the bodies of ten or twelve infants, which had generally died within twenty-four hours after birth, that he hardly ever found more than a very small portion of the lungs dilated by air : this portion was frequently not larger than...
Seite 83 - When a woman is delivered by herfelf, a ftrong child may be born perfectly alive, and die in a very few minutes for want of breath ; either by being upon its face in a pool made by the natural difcharges, or upon wet cloaths ; or by the wet things over it collapfing and excluding air, or drawn clofe to its mouth and nofe by the faction of breathing.
Seite 93 - This state of the utérine appendages continues until the womb returns to its unimprcgnated state. A week after delivery, the womb is as large as two fists. At the end of a fortnight, it will be found almost six inches long, generally lying obliquely to one side. The inner surface is still bloody, and covered partially with a pulpy substance, like decidua. The muscularity is distinct, and the orbicular direction of the fibres round the orifice of the tubes very evident. The substance is whitish....
Seite 46 - A child will very commonly breathe as soon as its mouth is born, or protruded from the mother, and in that case may lose its life before its body be born...
Seite 91 - ... after the occurrence of delivery, the following circumstances will generally be observed : Greater or less weakness, a slight paleness of the face, the eye a little sunken, and surrounded by a purplish or dark-brown coloured ring, and a whiteness of the skin, like a person convalescingfrom disease.

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