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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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run, like epidemical distempers : and sure- ly it is more for the service of mankind, that their duration should be shortened, than suffered to proceed without at least an endeavour to oppose them.

I SHOULD, however, be much more pleased with an exemption from the disa-greeable talk of composing the apology of our sex int his matter, it being contrary to that modesty which becomes us so well; but as the men-midwifes, in their sistem of exalting their powers of Art over ours of Nature, keep no measures with truth, I see myself forced to do justice to our function, and to manifest the unreasonableness of that contempt, with which they treat and depreciate our services; and with which they have, in favor of their own interest, perhaps too successfully imbued the public.

IN this attempt of mine there is no blam-able ostentation. If I set in their just light of utility the qualifications of the women of our profession, as to industry, dex-terity, ease of execution, patience, consti-tutional tenderness, and especially natural

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