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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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Preface page vi



an example, which ought to be followed by all Christian nations. This may seem to be an enthusiastic idea; those who think so, are at liberty to reject it; I shall offer other arguments against male-midwifery, which may appear more poteent to them.

It is very strange, however, that male-practice is encouraged among Christians only, while nations whose sole guide herein is the light of reason, have never tolerated it; for the Athenian doctors could not succeed, as several women died in labour, rather than submit to pass under their hands; and it does not appear that men ever practised the art (in natural cases) till the latter end of the sixteenth century, when the surgeons, at Paris, contrived to get frequest access to the Hotel Dieu, where they obtained a better knowledge of the art, than their predecessors had. But in Germany the men attempted in vain to practise midwifery, for the women

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