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William T. Taylor manuscript on maternal impressions affecting the fetus

Identifier: MSS 2/031

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Manuscript of address to Philadelphia County Medical Society on 26 Apr. 1876. Taylor contends emotional or mental state of a mother can affect unborn child during pregnancy. He cites several examples, including spina bifida, strabismus, cleft palate, and various wounds, marks, and deformations, all connected with some prenatal sight or occurrence.

Additional Form: Published in Philadelphia Medical Times, vol. 7, no. 4., 1876.


  • 1876


Biographical / Historical

William Terry Taylor, obstetrician, was born in Philadelphia on 6 Mar. 1822. He received am M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1848. Taylor married (1) Harriet H. Mattison (d. 1865) in 1849 and (2) Mrs. Jane Fesmier in 1870. He died in Philadelphia on 2 Mar. 1887. Taylor studied medicine with Wilson Jewell and worked as a drugclerk. After receiving his M.D., he was appointed Physician to the Guardians of the Poor for the Northern Liberties section of the city. His health broke after overwork during the smallpox epidemic of 18711872; Taylor then went to Europe to recover. He was a member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society.


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