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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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tradesman, will not permit me to render it any other assistance.

 Women thus educated will be worthy of the confidence of pregnant females, as none will be allowed a certificate, till properly qualified to manage every case in midwifery; and if none be employed who cannot produce such a certificate, it will answer the same purpose as an act of parliament, to prevent unqualified midwives from practicing.

 I know accoucheurs will laugh at this design, because it is much easier to sneer than to argue; the truth is, their arguments will be found too impotent to controvert what I have advanced, therefore ridicule will be their best resource*. If this plan can be put in execution, and promoted with spirit, I am persuaded, the great obstetric idol, MAN, will fall to the ground by its own ponderous weight in a few years.

 There are some women who have been taught to believe, that their midwife doctors have really saved their lives; being ignorant of what nature does for them, Hence their
  *‘On me, when coxcombs are satiric,
I can take it for a panegyric.’

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