II. IT distinguisheth an impregnated from an unconceived WOMB,
a real from a false Big-Belly, and a natural from a preternatural
III. IT teacheth the Regimen of the conceived Woman, for
averting the Severity of the SYMPTOMS of the several
Months, and all acute Diseases, in order to strengthen the
Infant, and prevent any MISCARRIAGE.
IV. IT instructeth by the Touch or Hanlding only,
to discover, from time to time, the true State and Condition of
the Conceived Woman, not only during the Time of Pregnancy,
but also before and in the time of LABOUR.
V. IT immediately (in the beginning of LABOUR)
discriminates a Natural from a Preturnatural, and an easy
and speedy from a difficult and lingring future BIRTH.
VI. IT presently discovers any one or more of the many
different, general, or particular CAUSES of difficult or
VII. IT informeth the fair Practiser how to remove and
correct those CAUSES, and deliver the Woman, not at all
by butcherly Instruments, but by Judgement and Help
of HAND only.
VIII. IT sheweth not only how to extract dead Children,
and sometimes MONSTERS, but also false Conceptions,
Superfoetations, Moles, &c.
IX. AND Lastly, this ART teacheth the true
Regimen of the CHILD-BED-WOMAN, and her BABE, together
with the proper Methods and Means of HELP in all
Cases incident to them Both.
THESE Heads (I think) fully comprehend the whole Art
of MIDWIFERY: And what can be more ingenious
now? What can be more conducive to the common Good, or more serviceable
to any Country, than the Preservation of the Health and Lives
of its multiplying WOMEN and CHILDREN?
THIS Art has been in such Esteem among the ANTIENTS,
that it was (in all Ages) the Study of the most Learned PHYSICIANS;
tho' its Practice succeeded best only, first in France,
then in Italy, and afterwards