Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5129
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  • Title: Infant Death in Late Medieval Florence: The Smothering Hypothesis Reconsidered [argues that some infant deaths ascribed to neglectful wet nurses may have been caused by sudden infant death syndrome; neglectful wet nurses did feed female infants less].
  • Source: Medieval Family Roles: A Book of Essays.  Edited by Cathy Jorgensen Itnyre.  Garland Publishing, 1996.  Pages 137 - 153.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Florence Infanticide Infants Mortality Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Wet Nurses
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15
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  • Table: Two charts. Table One Causes of infant and child death, Hospital of Santa Maria degli Innocenti, Florence, 1445-1485. Total of 163 deaths recorded. Table Two"Suffocation" deaths, 1445-1485, giving age at admission, age at death, and month and year of death. Total of sixteen deaths.
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  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0815313292
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