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Portrait details: Painted by Giuseppe Cali, dated 1921

Giuseppe Batta Schembri

Professor of Midwifery and Gynaecology

Died:
02/01/1904. Education: University of Malta. Qualifications: M.D. [Malta, 1862]. Career: Government Health Service - Surgeon in charge of the Lying-in and Gynaecological Wards in the Central Civil Hospital; Member of the Professional Board of the Lunatic Asylum; Member of the Medical Board. University of Malta - Professor of Midwifery and Gynaecology 1880-1904. Achievements: accredited with the first Caesarean section on live woman – Prima Operazione Cesarea Madre e Bambino Vivi [Rivista di Ostetricia e Ginecologia, Torino, 1891] and the first laparotomy for ovarian cyst – Due Casi di Sezione addomninale seguiti da guarigione [Rivista di Ostetricia e Ginecologia, Torino, 1891], another abdominal operation was performed in November 1902; published midwifery lectures notes in English and Maltese for use by midwives – The Midwife’s Guide Book [Malta, 1896] Taghlim ghal l-Istudenti ta’ l-Iscola tal-Kwiebel ta’ l-Isptar Centrali [Malta, 1897]; was responsible for the Regulations pertaining to midwifery practice published in 1899. In 1881 commissioned a set of eight paintings showing oriental costumes from Giuseppe Cali.
References: 
C. Savona-Ventura: The history of Maternity Care in the Maltese Islands. ASMMH, Malta, 2003, p.89; Portraits at the Medical School. Maltese Medical Journal, 1997, IX[2]:p.58.

 
   
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