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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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as the most expeditious method of extricating one self, in all the cases the specify, and where there is a necessity for recourse to extremities? Can you think, that these personages have all spent their time in vain?


   ALMOST all the sciences and arts attain to perfection, in process of time, through the experience and assiduous attention of those who cultivate them. We owe the most of our rare and precious inventions to the ages of barbarism, in which as yet reigned that brutality and ignorance which the irruption of the northern swarms had diffused over all Europe. This invention and perfection of arts cannot be attributed to merely human industry; but, with more probability, to a particular over-ruling providence, which commonly concealing itself under what seems to us the weakest, and under occurences which appear to us the effect of chance, have guided men to wonderful discoveries. Do not we owe to a fair Circaffian the art of inoculating children? And surely the art of midwifery,

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