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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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no improper and indecent handling and touching.

 It is a great mistake in women, to suppose that ALL the danger is in the delivery; on the contrary, nature will expel the foetus ninety-nine times in a hundred, ‘if left to herself’ as Dr. Buchan observes; so that we seldom hear of a woman dying in labour, though many die in child-bed. Nature is not left to herself by many men-midwives (as I have already proved) for they will often use the lever, whether an instrument be wanted or not; therefore I would much rather employ a male nurse than a male midwife in a natural labour, unless I were permitted to search the doctor's pockets, to satisfy myself that he had left his lever at home for once. If he were unwilling to be searched, I should consider it my duty to protect my wife from being injured by his unnecessary instrumental aid.

 It is true, there are some husbands of a shallow understanding, who actually persuade their wives to employ men in preference to skilful women; and as soon as the doctor
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