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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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having him in the greatest need ; for besides their being so rare, they cannot be every where at one time. But admitting that you are fortunate enough to fall into the hands of a man-midwife of the greatest name in the profession, can you imagine that you will have a very cheap bargain of him? These gentlemen expect no small fees, and will not attend without them. You would besides be ashamed of not doing honor to the footing on which they give themselves out. Whereas the same gratitude is not always shewn to a midwife, however skilful in her profession, and whatever trouble she may give herself both before and after the lying-in of her patients ; notwithstanding too the assiduous attendance and visits she bestows upon them till they are out of danger ; notwithstanding these tender attentions she has for the children, which are so seldom regarded by the men-midwives ; there are who imagine they cannot give a midwife of this sort too little, and that for no other reason on earth, but because she is not a man.

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