EXPOSED AND CORRECTED.
THE EMPLOYMENT OF MEN TO
ATTEND WOMEN IN CHILDBIRTH, AND IN OTHER DELICATE CIRCUMSTANCES,
SHOWN TO BE A MODERN INNOVATION, UNNECESSARY, UNNATURAL, AND
INJURIOUS TO THE PHYSICAL WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY, AND PERNICIOUS
IN ITS INFLUENCE ON PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC MORALITY; AND
THE WHOLE PROVED BY NUMEROUS FACTS, AND THE TESTIMONY OF THE
MOST EMINENT PHYSICIANS, IN BOSTON, NEW YORK, AND OTHER PLACES;
AND THE EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OF MIDWIVES RECOMMENDED;
REMARKS ON THE USE AND ABUSE OF ETHER, AND DR. CHANNING'S
"CASES OF INHALATION OF ETHER IN LABOR."
SAMUEL GREGORY, A.M.
|"I view the present practice
of calling on men, in ordinary births, as a source of serious
evils to childbearing, as an imposition upon the credulity of
women, and upon the fears of their husbands, and as a means
of sacrificing delicacy, and consequently virtue."
M.D., of Virginia.
|"I have long labored
under the conviction, that the office of attending women in
their confinement should be intrusted to prudent females."
|"No man should ever be
permitted to enter the apartment of a woman in labor, except
in consultations and on extraordinary occasions. The practice
is unnecessary, unnatural, and wrong--it has an immoral tendency."
M.D., New York.
|"We should be perfectly
satisfied to have any improvements in this kind of practice,
and under no circumstances would we object to multiplying proper
|J.V.C. Smith, M.D., Editor
of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.
|"In the submission of
women to the unnecessary examinations of physicians, exposing
the secrets of nature, it is forgotten that every indecency
of this kind is a violent attack against chastity; that every
situation which produces an internal blush is a real prostitution."
|Count Buffon, the celebrated
writer on Natural History.
|"I have ever believed
that there would be a time when this sinful practice should
be exposed and extirpated from the earth; and now, blessed be
God, light begins to dawn on the subject. Success to the enterprise."
| Rev. Wm. Miltimore, New
|"The French government
wisely support such schools [institutions for the instruction
of midwives] at the present day."
|Rev. Wm. Jenks, D.D., Boston.--Comprehensive
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