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A Treatise on the Art of Midwifery, Setting Forth Various Abuses Therein, Especially as to the Practice with Instruments
Nihell, Elizabeth
Published by Printed for A. Morley, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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   THE most interested of them would fain persuade us, that, in their display of a whole armory of instruments, they have discovered the philosopher's stone of midwifery, in vitrtue of which they have a right to wrest out of the womens hands, the practice of an art, which nature has appropriated to them. But certainly the point, and the whole point is, to find an expert dexterous hand, the sex is out of the question, provided it is but a human hand, and provided thework is done to the satisfaction of society, it seems to me that nothing more need be required.

OBJECTION the Seventh.

   IT is only for the ignorant to be so rash as to raise an out-cry against the use of all instruments; people who do not know the absolute necessity there is for employing them on certain occasions. This clamor must proceed "from the interested views of some low obscure and illiterate practicioners, both male and female, who think they find their account in de-


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