Reference numberCLP/14i/67
TitlePaper, 'A short dissertation concerning the child's crying in the womb' by W [William] Derham
DescriptionDerham's follow-up paper on a case of a child crying from within the womb addresses questions posed by others about the feasibility of the matter. Derham provides further anecdotes of individuals who had heard the infant crying energetically whilst still in utero, all of whom insisted that it was not the sound of the mother's 'guts' but rather that of a child. He also insists that there was a palpable respiration-like movement in the woman's belly when the crying sound was emitted. He then goes on to provide further similar anecdotes from 'learned persons'.

Subject: Medicine

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'A short dissertation concerning the child's crying in the womb'.

Read to the Royal Society on 8 February 1709.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1708.0076
Printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 26 (1708), p 485
Fellows associated with this archive
NA6239Derham; William (1657 - 1735); naturalist1657 - 1735
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