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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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Among the laborious cases, he will find a variety of examples, by which he will know it is absolutely necessary to use the forceps. In my private practice, I have very seldom occasion for the assistance of that or any other instrument; but I have often been called in by other practitioners, to cases in which I have had opportunities to use it with success.

The forceps and fullet were contrived with a view to save the childe, by heling along the head in extraordinary cases, when nature was exhausted, and to prevent , as much as possible, the use of sharp instruments, when the mother’s life was in danger. But if these expedients were used prematurely, when the nature of the case does not absolutely require such assistance, the mischief that may ensue will often overbalance the service for which they were intended; and this consideration is one of my principal motives for publishing this second volume.

In my first, among improvements and alterations that have been made in the forceps, I mentioned a long pair, curved

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