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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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were then too shy of them, to fall in with the scheme.

‘Daventer’ (says Dr. Smellie) ‘practised at Dort, in Holland; and in 1701 published a book on midwifery. He was seldom called except in difficult cases.’ So we see, the Dutch women would not submit to men in natural labours.

From the levity and versatility of French women, we need not wonder that they were the first to admit male-practice: as to French husbands, Sterne, and others who have delineated their character, shew us, that they are too polite to take notice of their wives’ intercourse with other men, provided it be not of a criminal nature. By degrees man-midwifery reached this country, where it now appears in its zenith.

At first men were confined to their proper sphere; like Daventer, in Holland, they were seldom called in but on dif-

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