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Man-Midwifery Exposed and Corrected
Gregory, Samuel
Published by George Gregory, New York
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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tively a trifle, after the steps already taken. And if it does not result in any overt act of impropriety, it leaves a mental depreciation, an easiness of soul, which shows itself in the jovial conversations among some of the merry members of the profession, in the subsequent interviews between practitioner and patient, and sometimes in the social circles and pleasant chit-chats of the better part of creation.
Dr. Ewell says, 'Many of these modest-looking doctors have been driven to adultery and madness.' Not many years since, a physician in Lynn, having, in the way of professional duty, become too well acquainted with a lady, (a clergyman's wife,) presumed upon too great a freedom to be endured. The woman exposed him. This doctor, by way of palliation, said to a gentleman, from whom I have the fact, 'I'm nothing but human natur', and human natur' can't stand every thing.'
'Lead us not into temptation,' clergymen pray and admonish others to pray. Yet, at the same fime, they thrust their wives and daughters, their medical attendants, and, so far as their example goes, the whole medical profession, and the wole female portion of the community, right into temptation! From such inconsistencey between preaching and practice, we should with all solemnity pray, 'Good Lord, deliver us.'
Another important thought in Dr. Ewell's remarks: If a man raises his voice against this unnecessary evil, there are some ready to cry out, 'O, you are a suspicious, a jealous fellow, "a jealousy man;"' and perhaps his idol at home is one of these accusers---'La, you are very particular; always getting hold of something new, some new kink into your noddle; I would'nt be jealous.' So the poor husband, dreading to be thought 'a jealously man,' yields and travels on, though he may have now and then an instinctive premonition that he is travelling that unfortunate road spoken of by the philosophical Voltaire.
But what says Dr. Ewell on this point? 'No man possessed [not of a spirit of jealousy]---no man possessed of a correct and delicate regard for his wife, would subject her to any exposure to a doctor, that could be avoided without danger.'
As to the rule, which Dr. Ewell lays down, to employ midwives on ordinary occasions, and call in physicians in extraordinary difficulties,---which is precisely the course advocated in this pamphlet,---he says, he will venture to add that there is not a disin-

terested physician, of sound sense, who would not approve of the rule. Now, that the profession should be desirous to retain the practice is perfectly natural. 'Human nature,' says Tristram Shandy, 'is the same in all professions.' But to their honor be it spoken, there are many physicians in the country and the city, who would be glad to see the practice in the hands of midwives. One, in this city, said he disapproved of it, and should be glad to get out of it, but he was actually 'pressed into the service, by families in which he attended.' Another doctor steps out of the back door, and is 'not at home,' when they call on that business. Another sends his wife. Another remarked to me, that when called for by any one, he referred him to a midwife, saying,if they could not get along then, he would come.

Lectures in Boston.


In September last, the writer gave a number of lectures, in this city, on this subject of man-midwifery, which created some sensation, and called forth some opinions as to the matter.
'THE BOSTON MEDICAL AND SURGICAL JOURNAL.' Its editor, Dr. J. V .C. Smith, it appears, honored the lecturer, by hearing 'a part of one of his discourses;' which part of a discourse he makes the topic of a very spirited editorial, prepared in his happy vein of sarcastic humor, with a mixture of serious apprehension for the interests of the public, but with no allusion to the interests of the profession.
'No subject,' says the editor, 'is neglected, in these days of agitation, which promises to produce a remunerating degree of excitement when presented to the open ear of the great irresponsible public.'
So this is got up for a money-making business. Well, the author is frank enough to acknowledge, that when he labors, for what he considers the good of the public he expects the public will be willing to pay his expenses and give him a 'remuneration.'
'Quid pro quo,' as the lawyers say, 'something for la consideration,' is a principle on which the public, colectively and individually, act---unless doctors are exceptions. And the question is respectfully submitted, whether the editor looks after the health of the 'Port,' and the public, without any 'remunerating

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