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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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Finding my collection large enough to compose two volumes in Octavo, I determined to publish one immediately , that comprehends the variety of methods practiced in lingering and laborious cases, which occur much oftener than the preternatural, and are more apt to puzzle and perplex a young practitioner. This step I have been induced to take sooner than I at first intended, by observing that such a synopsis was very much wanted to refresh the memory, and direct the conduct of those who have attended my lectures.

The unsuccessful cases communicated by correspondents, who desired their names might be concealed, are inserted as to many beacons to caution others from falling into the same errors and mistakes, in the course of practice. As to the truth of these circumstances which I have related in my own histories, the reader mist depend upon my veracity; for, I apprehend, it is equally improper and unnecessary to men-

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