Medical and miscellaneous observations relative to the West India Islands Volume 2

 
9781150028946: Medical and miscellaneous observations relative to the West India Islands Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... and corrupt line of conduct they are apt to pursue on arriving at puberty, contract habits of drinking, and consequent acts of violence, inimical to all decency, but particularly so against any probability of increasing numbers on the estate, of a healthy or useful descriptionr On every property there are to be found sorrtefdec'eh'f discreet old female negroes, who are handy in needlework, and under whose superintending care young women might be exclusively placed, unless the mothers are uncommonly decent characters, and deserving of such a trust, until approaches be made by a male of her own colour, and the consent of the overseer, parents &c. obtained to an union by marriage. Such A course would preclude that barbarous and violent line of conduct adopted on such occasions. Domestic endearments would be formed; the effects of good example would acquire an ascendancy over thaf minds of the unconverted; and every probability might be cherished that, from such an union, a fine and healthy offspring would proceed. The diseases of pregnancy are undoubtedly aggravated in negro women; and, by the circumstances of conduct to which I have alluded, health becomes impaired, and the constitution is progressively undermined. If pregnancy takes place, she perhaps lingers on to-hefe appointed time to bring forward a lifeless infant, or a sickly one; or she has more probably had an abortion and is left herself in a state of extreme danger and debility..-..... Abortion is so frequently the event of pregnancy in negro women, and its recurrence so certain, on their getting again into that state, unless regulations' to prevent it are enforced, that a-greater than probable opinion has been formed of means being taken to procure it, on account of ill disposition to...

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