Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man-midwife; a medical practitioner who attends women in childbirth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man who assists women in childbirth; a man midwife; an obstetrician.
- n. a physician specializing in obstetrics
“The professional accoucheur is unknown among Mahometans, who only engage midwives, these however being incredibly ignorant.”
“Ergot also had a history of medical use—as a labor-inducing drug that, according to one nineteenth-century physician, “expedites lingering parturition and saves to the accoucheur a considerable portion of time.””
“Of course superstition is at the bottom of this barbarity; the same which a generation ago made the silly accoucheur refuse to give ether because of the divine (?) saying “In sorrow shalt thou bring forth children.””
“The physician and accoucheur assure us that Renee is now quite out of danger; and as she is proving an admirable nurse — Nature has endowed her so generously! — my father and I are able to give free rein to our joy.”
“In the month of November 1820 I found means to persuade the best accoucheur in Paris to play the part of”
“But we are certain of this, — that no one will raise a similar claim as against the herdsman, who is allowed on all hands to be the sole and only feeder and physician of his herd; he is also their match-maker and accoucheur; no one else knows that department of science.”
“I am a country surgeon, and of course an accoucheur.”
“Whereafter, running down to the sea, I pulled up my sleeves, and, on returning, embarked upon my role, of accoucheur.”
“And midwifery, decency seems to allot to them, though I am afraid the word midwife, in our dictionaries, will soon give place to accoucheur, and one proof of the former delicacy of the sex be effaced from the language.”
“This old woman had conceived so violent a hatred against the poor Princess, that I do believe she prevailed on Clement, the accoucheur, to treat her ill in her confinement; and what confirms me in this is that she almost killed her by visiting her at that time in perfumed gloves.”
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