Public Virtue, Public Love. The Early Years of the Lying-In Hospital The Rotunda. Dublin: O'Brien Press, 1986. Pages, 175. Illus/s. Specially bound edition, number 26 of 100, to mark the Gala Opening of the New Teaching Centre of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Signed by those involved in the creation of the book. quarter calf, marbled boards. A fine copy. In 1745 Bartholomew Mosse, surgeon and man-midwife, founded the original Dublin Lying-In Hospital as a maternity training hospital, the first of its kind. In 1757 the institution moved to a different location where it became "The New Lying-In Hospital". This is the hospital complex that is referred to today as simply The Rotunda. The Rotunda Hospital is therefore unique as an institution in that it has continued to provide an unbroken record of
service to women and babies since its foundation in 1745 and has occupied its present premises since 1757.