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Ottoman Gynecology and Obstetrics: فن ولاده [Fenn-i Vilâde / The Art of Birth].


A complete overview of modern gynecology and obstetrics written in the Ottoman language by the Turkish medical doctor İsmail Derviş.


2 Volumes, both large 8°: v.1: [4 pp. title page and introduction], 336 pp. with black and white illustrations and 1 colour plate imbedded in the text; v.2: 576 pp. with black and white and partly colour illustrations (mispaginated, pp. 113-130 bound after pp. 131-144), 5 pp., [3 pp. blank], contemporary black half calf with cloth boards (boards slightly wornw tith tiny repaired, spines slightly discoloured, otherwise in good condition).



These two richly illustrated volumes, written in the Ottoman language, provide a detailed insight in the modern practice of gynecology and obstetrics.

İsmail Derviş was an Ottoman medical doctor, who, in 1903, was assigned to give lectures on obstetrics and gynecology at the newly opened Faculty of Medicine in Damascus. Five years later, in 1908, he published his first book, Teşhis-i Emrâz-ı Nisâ (Diagnosis of Gynecological Diseases).

İsmail was the father of Suat Derviş (1904/5 – 1972), a prominent Turkish female author, feminist and political activist.

We can trace only 3 institutional examples on Worldcat (Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden (only 1st volume?), Boğaziçi University Library, U.S. National Library of Medicine – Bethesda).

References: OCLC: 44438374; MİL – ÖZEGE: 5593.


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