EXPOSED AND CORRECTED.
THE EMPLOYMENT OF MEN TO ATTEND WOMEN IN CHILDBIRTH,
AND IN OTHER DELICATE CIRCUMSTANCES, SHOWN TO BE A MODERN INNOVATION,
UNNECESSARY, UNNATURAL, AND INJURIOUS TO THE PHYSICAL WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY,
AND PERNICIOUS IN ITS INFLUENCE ON PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC MORALITY; AND
THE WHOLE PROVED BY NUMEROUS FACTS, AND THE TESTIMONY OF THE MOST EMINENT
PHYSICIANS, IN BOSTON, NEW YORK, AND OTHER PLACES; AND THE EDUCATION AND
EMPLOYMENT OF MIDWIVES RECOMMENDED;
REMARKS ON THE USE AND ABUSE OF ETHER, AND DR. CHANNING'S "CASES
OF INHALATION OF ETHER IN LABOR."
BY SAMUEL GREGORY, A.M.
LECTURER ON PHYSIOLOGY, &c.
|"I view the present practice of calling on men, in
ordinary births, as a source of serious evils to childbearing, as an imposition
upon the credulity of women, and upon the fears of their husbands, and as
a means of sacrificing delicacy, and consequently virtue."
|Thomas Ewell, M.D., of Virginia.
|"I have long labored under the conviction, that the
office of attending women in their confinement should be intrusted to prudent
|A. McNair, M.D., Philadelphia.
|"No man should ever be permitted to enter the apartment
of a woman in labor, except in consultations and on extraordinary occasions.
The practice is unnecessary, unnatural, and wrong--it has an immoral tendency."
|W. Beach, M.D., New York.
|"We should be perfectly satisfied to have any improvements
in this kind of practice, and under no circumstances would we object to
multiplying proper female midwives."
|J.V.C. Smith, M.D., Editor of the Boston Medical and
|"In the submission of women to the unnecessary examinations
of physicians, exposing the secrets of nature, it is forgotten that every
indecency of this kind is a violent attack against chastity; that every
situation which produces an internal blush is a real prostitution."
|Count Buffon, the celebrated writer on Natural History.
|"I have ever believed that there would be a time
when this sinful practice should be exposed and extirpated from the earth;
and now, blessed be God, light begins to dawn on the subject. Success to
| Rev. Wm. Miltimore, New Hampshire.
|"The French government wisely support such schools
[institutions for the instruction of midwives]
at the present day."
|Rev. Wm. Jenks, D.D., Boston.--Comprehensive Commentary.
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