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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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pain, tried to bring the head lower, and turn the forhead backwards to the Sacrum. But, in the attempt, the instrument began to slip, so that I was obliged to unlock them, and move each blade upwards again over the ears; the handles being fixed and tied with a garter, I turned the patient on her back, and directed an assistant on each side to support the legs: matters being thus disposed, I waited for a pain, and gradually delivered as in the former cases. The child, whose head was squeezed into a lengthened form, seemed at first to be in a convulsion, but soon recovered, in conswquence of my letting the Funis discharge about two or three spoonfuls of blood.
In March 1746, I was called by a midwife to a case resembling the former, and tried the whalebone fillet. (Vide. Tab. XXXVIII.) which I could not get over the chin; so that finding the principal hold was on the face, I withdrew it, and waiting some tome, until the patient and the pains grew weaker, I applied the forceps, with which I delivered as in the other cases of this collection.
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