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Man-Midwifery Dissected; or, the Obstetric Family Instructor
Blunt, John
Published by Samuel William Fores, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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  HAVING proved that it is extremely dangerous to employ men-midwives, when instruments are not wanted, I come to the SIXTH and LAST proposition, viz. To enquire why there are so few good midwives; offer a plan for their better instruction; and prove that man-midwifery is a personal, a domestic, and a national evil.

 There are many women suffered to practice midwifery who know very little of it, as well as men, both having entered into the profession without a regular education; and I am sorry our legislators have not long since interfered to prevent it; the life of a mother or a child being much more valuable than that of a hare or a partridge, which has come under their serious consideration.

 I must admit the full force of Dr. Buchan's opinion, page 591, ed. 9. ‘Though the management of women in child-bed has been practiced as an employment since the earliest account of time; yet it is still, in most countries, on a very bad footing.
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