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First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sally Dammery practised clinical midwifery for many years, developing a deep interest in the diversity of cultural beliefs and traditions among the women she attended. Travelling widely increased this interest and led to formal study of anthropology and history, with later PhD research forming the basis of this book. Previous publications include the ethnography Walter George Arthur: A Free Tasmanian? which shared the Ian Turner History Prize in 2001, and the biography of her enigmatic grandmother, She Lived in Launceston: Isobel Horner of Waratah House, winner of the Lilian Watson Family History Award 2006. Sally is currently Adjunct Research Associate at the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, Australia.

First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche

   by Sally Dammery