medical record keeping, brazilian style

July 11, 2014


A page from the records of Dona Bela, a traditional midwife in Lencois who died about 10 years ago. According to the hash marks, she caught 1120 babies over 60-some years of practice.


And not a single maternal or fetal mortality.


How to verify this? I'm not sure yet...but I do think in such a small town, the gossip mill would keep one honest.

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