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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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men, who are constantly endeavoring to suppress female practice among the rich, will ever fully instruct them, though they take their money for that purpose: so when they have deprived them of the greatest part of the lessons they have so unjustly received their money for, they cry out against their ignorance, ‘no lady is safe in their hands, &c’. Yea, they make their rich patients believe, that women really have not a capacity to learn midwifery, which is certainly paying a bad compliment to the mental talents of the present generation of British females, as none but females learned it for practice a century ago, and it is in the hands of females alone, throughout the greatest part, by far, of the continent, in the present day. If the poor were as able to pay men-midwives as the rich are, it is more than probable, that lecturers would refuse to instruct females in the art.

 I must confess, there are some illiterate midwives, who are incapable of understanding the instructions they hear, and lecturers ought to be ashamed of taking their money when they perceive their talents are not
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