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January 26, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(4):101-102. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390290017008

Extracts From French Journals.  Mme. Lachapelle: In Le Medecin Praticien Dr. Verrier gives an extended sketch of this celebrated woman. He commences by asserting that nearly all of the laity, a great many midwives, and some physicians, believe that the name of a certain Mme. Lachapelle, who advertises in the journals of the day to cure sterility, indicates the midwife in charge of the Paris Maternité, who died in 1821, and left us as a legacy her memoirs in three volumes. Marie Louise Dugès, better known as the widow Lachapelle, was born in Paris, Jan. 1, 1769. Her father was a sanitary officer; her mother a midwife at Chatelet and at the Hotel Dieu. She married, in 1792, M. Lachapelle, surgeon in charge of the service at the Hospital St. Louis. He died in 1795, leaving her childless and devoted to her calling, which she had already practiced before marriage

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