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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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al principles, which have happily guided me on all occasions, and from which it is even easy to refute the pretentions and sistem of the instrumentarians, in which I shall note here only three essential defects.

THE first, in that the origin of the men, insinuating themselves into the practice of midwifery, has absolutely no foundation in the plea of superior safety, and, consequently, can have not right to exact so great a sacrifice as that of decency and modesty.

THE second, for that they were reduced first to forge the phantom of incapacity in the women, and next the necessity of murderous instruments, as some color for their mercenary intrusion. And, in truth, the faculty of using those instruments is the sole tenure of their usurped office.

THE third, their disagreement among themselves about, which are the instruments to be preferred ; a doubt which, the practices tried upon the lives and limbs of
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