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It was a common position of slave obeisance. âShe is a slave, â he said. âShe is frightened, â I said. âShe is a slave, â he said. âThat, too, â I granted him. âLook up, girl, â said Marcus.
During the past century it seems to have been the most common position among the Sclavonians in the mountainous regions of upper Silesia, where, in 1747, a physician, in his book on midwifery, even advises such patients as do not wish to be confined in bed to assume this position, with some strong person supporting them from behind and holding their arms, whilst others hold the separated legs, and the midwife sits comfortably in front. 8
In France it seems to have been quite a common position in some of the interior departments, as Godefroy7 warns his colleagues never to permit the women to be confined in a standing posture, as hemorrhage, prolapse of the uterus, and rupture of the perineum are more apt to ensue than in any other.