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A Collection of Cases and Observations in Midwifery (Volume Two)
Smellie, William
Published by Printed for D. Wilson & T. Durham, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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Rx Aq. Alexit. Simp. 3xiv. Tinct. Thebaic. gt. xv. Syr. e Meconio 3ij. m.

And directed her to drink frequently of warm cawdle, to promote a diaphoresis. Next evening I received another call, when the midwife gave me to understand that she had taken the draught, in consequence of which she had enjoyed refreshing rest and a plentiful sweat, though’ she had been frequently waked by the pains; and she told me that the membranes were not yet broke, although the mouth of the womb had been fully opened for four hours. When I examined, I found the membranes pushed down with a large quantity of waters, to the lower part of the Vagina, and when the pain abated, felt the head pretty low. It still moved easily up and down, whence I concluded that either it was small, or the Pelvis not narrow, yet as this was her first labour, I waited two hours, in hope that the membranes would advance farther, and open the Os Externum; but they remaining in the same situation, I imagined their rigidity retarded the delivery, and breaking them in this, the child was soon delivered.

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