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A Complete Practice of Midwifery
Stone, Sarah
Published by printed for T. Cooper, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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want of good Women-Midwives, by being so much exposed to the men professing this art: for 'tis arrived to that height already, that almost every young Man, who hath served his Apprenticeship to a Barber-Surgeon, immediately sets up for a Man-Midwife; altho' as ignorant, and, indeed, much ignoranter, than the meanest Woman of the Profession.

But these young Gentlemen Professors put on a finish'd assurance, with pretense that their Knowledge exceeds any Woman's, because they have seen or gone thro' a Course of Anatomy: and so, if the Mother, or Child, or both, die, as it often happens, then they die Secundum Artem; for a Man was there, and the Woman Midwife bears all the blame. Then it is,

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