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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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vulsions, or with a hemorrhage; can a midwife who knows not what the os uteri is, deliver the child by turning, and save the patient's life? No; instead of being taught how to do this, she is instructed to call in a man; but being distant from a town, the patient dies ere the man arrives. This is the price of blood! Has such a thing never happened? and are teachers who thus half-educate their female pupils, guiltless as to the death of patients so lost? Let the public judge. I might apply the same argument to every other case which requires preternatural delivery, and where the safety of mother or child is endangered by incompetent midwives. But let not women imagine this ignorance is peculiar to midwives, since Dr. Osborn says, ‘Men are contented to hurry through a single course of lectures, and some are satisfied with the loose hints which are given by anatomical lecturers.’

 There was a proof of male ignorance in my neighbourhood a few months since.

 A young man-midwife was called in to turn a child, who confessed it was a case too difficult for him, and departed: an old gen-
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