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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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engaged, and that there was a great quantity of waters. Though she had not, t all appearance, lost above twelve ounces of blood, yet as the discharge seemed to increase, I broke the membranes during the next pain, a large quantity of waters was discharged, and the child’s head was forced more backwards, towards the upper part of the Pelvis. I likewise felt the Os Internum loose and soft; and as it was no longer kept on the stretch by the membranes and waters, she became perfectly easy, and had no pains for a long time, and the flooding entirely ceased. Before the membranes were broke, she had felt a strong propensity to sleep, which the pains prevented; but now I ordered her to be undressed, put naked in her bed, and kept quiet, that, if possible, she might enjoy some natural repose. She accordingly rested and was refreshed. As for the blood she had lost she was rather benefited from the injury by the discharge, for she had for some weeks complained of drowsiness, fullness in her eyes, with pains and giddiness in the head, which were now removed, inasmuch, that she declared herself much more light and easy. I desired the mid-
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