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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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would have probably prevented the difficulty, or even after its coming into existence, prove more efficacious towards saving both mother and child ; always with due preference however to the mother.

I WILL also, with the same candor, own that there are some not intirely incapable men-midwives : but they are so very rare, and must forever necessarily be so, and even, at the best, so inferior to good midwives, that a worse office could scarce be done to mankind, that on so false a supposition as that of a sufficient ability in them, to explode the practice of the art by women, because some of them might be exceptionable. And how should it be otherwise, than that some should be more deficient than others ? is there that art in the world, to which the same objection does not lie of different degrees of merit in the professors of it, as well as that of the imperfection of all human arts in general ?

IN the mean time, the consequences of this unfair conclusion against the women professors of midwifery, in affording the
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