Book reviews

History of medicine book reviews of possible interest can be found on the British Society for the History of Medicine website 

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Historical fiction/ creative non-fiction

The books we review on this page need to be relevant to the aims of De Partu. I should like to emphasise, however, that ‘history’ and its research can cover any time; what happens today will be the history of tomorrow. I am hoping, therefore, that we will be able to cover quite a broad spectrum of books in our reviews over the coming months and years, including midwifery/childbirth historical fiction. No date limit is set for inclusion, since older work may still be of scholarly value.

During 2018 we will set up links from this site to the book reviews section of the British Society for the History of Medicine website and vice versa, with the aim of providing both groups with a wider audience.

If you feel able to review for De Partu, please email me, preferably with your special interests noted, so that I can compile a list of potential reviewers across a range of subject areas. The written reviews are likely to be in the region of 500 words.

Books received and currently available for review are listed here. A proforma is provided for guidance on content and format.

I should be pleased to receive suggestions for books to review. Please email me at  with the title, author, year of publication and publisher.

Thank you,


Dr Alison Nuttall
Book Review Editor

It should be noted that opinions expressed in these reviews are solely those of the reviewers.

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