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Remarks on the Employment of Females as Practitioners in Midwifery. By a Physician.
Channing, Walter
Published by Cummings & Hilliard, Boston
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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pass out again as indifferent as he entered. The profession has moral relations and moral duties. We should serve our patients with all our heart and soul; and they should know that we do it not merely because it is our business, or because we expect to be supported or to grow rich by the occupation, but because we feel for their welfare as friends, and as friends will strive for their advantage.
  To the existence of these mutual feelings, nothing contributes more than the attendance of physicians in cases of midwifery. The interest excited in these cases is strong. Women seldom forget a practitioner who has conducted them tenderly and safely through parturition -they feel a familiarity with him, a confidence and reliance upon him, which are of the most essential mutual advantage in all their subsequent intercourse as physician and patient. On the other hand, the physician takes a deeper interest and feels a more intimate and personal connexion with those, whom he has attended in this scene of suffering and danger, than with patients of any other description.
  It is principally on this account that the practice of midwifery becomes desirable to physicians. It is this which ensures to them the permanency and security of all their other business. There are few men in good practice, especially those who have any inclination for literary pursuits, who would not be glad to relinquish the pecuniary emoluments of this department of business, for the comparative leisure and tranquillity they would enjoy, provided they could at the same time retain all the other advantages derived from this source. Simply in a lucrative

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