Wives and Midwives:
Childbirth and Nutrition in Rural Malaysia
This interesting study was carried out by the author in the area of Mercham in Trengganu to establish how a traditional Malay society coped with childbirth and much that went before and after. She chose this state because it has been more cut off from outside influences than many other states particularly because she was interested to discover also how this society was benefiting from Western medicine, if at all. 267 pages whose contents include
- 1 - An Introduction to the Problem and the People,
- 2 - Food: Belief and Behaviour,
- 3 - The Malay Humoral System and the Concept of BISA,
- 4 - Conception and Pregnancy,
- 5 - Government Midwife and Traditional Midwife,
- 6 - Giving Birth in a Malay Village,
- 7 - The Postpartum Period &
- 8 - Conceptions and Preconceptions.
- There are also appendices on Edible Wild Plants, Incantations in Malay, Fish and Dietary Analyses, Notes, a Bibliography and an Index.
- New Paperback Reprint
Published by: University of California Press, 1987. ISBN: 0520060369