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A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery (Volume One)
Smellie, William
Published by Printed for D. Wilson and T. Durham, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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A Midwife, though she can hardly be supposed mistress of all these qualifications, ought to be a decent, sensible woman, of a middle age, able to bear fatigue; she ought to be perfectly well instructed with regard to the bones of the Pelvis, with all the contained parts, comprehending those that are subservient to generation; she ought to be well skill'd in the method of touching pregnant women, and know in what manner the womb stretches, together with the situation of all the abdominal Viscera; she ought to be perfectly mistress of the art of examination in time of labour, together with all the different kinds of labour, whether natural of præternatural, and the methods of delivering the Placenta; she ought to live in friendship with other women of the same profession, contending with them in nothing but in knowledge, sobriety, diligence, and patience; she ought to void all reflections upon men practitioners, and when she finds
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