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Jun 29

1941 Kansas Publication on Obstetrical Care

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on June 29, 2017 at 4:49 PM by Bill Sowers

A 15 page booklet issued in 1941 by the Kansas Medical Association, published by the Kansas State Board of Health and now, made available online by the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:


The copy we scanned came to us courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society's duplicate Kansas government documents collection. For those of you interested in other material by the Kansas State Board of Health, you can check out KGI Online Publications by the Board here:

Kansas State Board of Health Publications in KGI Online Library:
May 05

The Kansas Mothers' Manuals 1917-1944

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on May 5, 2016 at 10:20 AM by Bill Sowers

From about 1917 to 1944 the Kansas State Board of Health published several editions of a manual for women and girls on understanding their physical development, good hygiene, the identification of possible diseases and disorders, pregnancy, prenatal care, birth, post natal care of the mother and child as well as child care/development. In a time when such things were not normally discussed openly these manuals were a clear way for women to understand their physical selves before, during and after delivery.  As stated in the 1922 edition:

"It is the right and duty of every woman to be intelligently informed as to the structure of her own body and the essential facts concerning childbearing
and child care. The laws of health and the rules of child care are simple and their observance should be within the reach of all. Every girl should learn them as a part of her preparation for life. Because we have not been wise enough to teach these things in our homes and schools, it becomes necessary to write this book in order to tell women about their own bodies and about the growth and care of their children."

The Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library has ten digitized copies of "The Mothers' Manual" from 1917-1944 up online.  They give a detailed look at social norms, medical treatment, child care and hygiene spanning about three decades.  Check the manuals out here:

Click on the blue highlighted title and then peruse the books by year.