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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 xxiii



shall hereafter shew, that they ought not to practise till they can manage preternatural cases, as nature does not always pursue her usual process.

 I wish these few hints may have their due effect, on those women who have courage and good sense enough to think for themselves, and will not be slaves to popular absurdity, and interested sophistry; I shall conclude this introduction nearly in the words of Dr. Buchan*.

 ‘As matters stand at present, it is easier to cheat a woman out of her life than of a shilling, and almost inpossible either to detect or punish the offender. Notwithstanding this, people still shut their eyes, and take every thing upon trust that is done by any PRETENDER to midwifery, without daring to ask him a reason for any part of his conduct. Implicit faith, every where else the

*Introduction to Dom. Med. Ed. 9, page 7. The words in italics are altered.
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