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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: 'Mercenary wet-nurses': the discourse of medical doctors and portraits of the wet-nurses - Brazil in the second half of the 19th century
Author: Koutsoukos, SSM
Abstract: The article explores the theme of wet-nurses using photographs and theses of medical doctors during the second half of the 19th century. The doctors at that time condemned the indiscriminate use of wet-nurses and tried to encourage construction of the 'new mother' image, one who ought to breast feed her own children. They approached the complexity of the feeding subject (by mother, wet-nurse, animal or object) at that time and the problems arising from it for the parties involved: the white baby, the black baby, the wet-nurse, the mother of the white baby, the seignorial family involved and medical doctors. Photos are highlighted of wet-nurses with children in an attitude that was intended to be 'positive', to demonstrate harmony and affection and, apparently, contradicting the debates regarding them.
Subject: Medical theses
Brazil
19th century
wet-nurses
portraits of nursemaids
Country: Brasil
Editor: Fundaco Oswaldo Cruz
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2009
Appears in Collections:Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp

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