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The Female Physician, Containing All the Diseases Incident to that Sex, in Virgins, Wives, and Widows
Maubray, John
Published by Printed for James Holland, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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in Germany. For in these Countrys their Women of all Ranks (the most Precise and Virtuous) have accustom'd themselves (upon this Occasion) to lay aside all childish Baashfulness and imaginary Modesty, in order to secure their Own and their Chldrens Safety, by inviting the Assistance of both SEXES. And indeed MEN (whom I may justly call the truest and best Boethogynists) being better versed in Anatomy, better acquainted with Physical Helps, and commonly endued with greater Presence of Mind, have been always found readier or discreeter, to devise something more new, and to give quicker Relief in Cases of difficult or preternatural BIRTHS, than common MIDWIVES generally understand; By which means it comes to pass, that this ART is now brought to its greatest Perfection in these Countries: Insomuch that, if I might be allowed to adopt a new Term into our Language, insetead of MAN-MIDWIFE, which seems to be a Contradiction in Terms, I would call him the ANDRO-BOETHOGYNIST, or Man-Helper of Woman, for his excellent Skill in MIDWIFERY.

MOREOVER, the Authors of these Countries have not been remiss, in communicating their Experience and Methods taken to prevent and remedy the many various Difficulties which have occurred in this nice Affair. No, Senertus, Rod. à Castro, Viardel, Mauriceau, Portal, Daventer, Bartine, Garofanzzo, Pfizerus, &c. have promerited our immortal Praises as well as Thanks, for such famous and generous Instances as they have given of their great Beneficence to MANKIND.

THE Four latter have made vast Improvements of this ART: but particularly, the most Learned, Ingenious, and exellent PHYSICIANS, and Men-Midwives, (as vulgarly called) Sig, Garofanzzo and Pfizerus (my most honoured Instructors in this ART) have absolutely perfected the WORK begun by others; for their Rules are firmly founded on found Anatomy, and their Doctrines are more extensive, particular, plain, and infallible, than all their PREDECESSORS Discoveries.

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