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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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Of NURSES in general.

NURSES, as well as midwives, ought to be of a middle age, sober, patient, and discreet, able to bear fatigue and watching, free from external deformity, cutaneous eruptions and inward complaints, that may be troublesome or infectious.


 Nurses that attend lying-in women, ought to have provided, and in order, every thing that may be necessary for the woman, accoucheur, midwife, and child; such as linnen and cloaths, well aired and warm, for the woman and the bed, which she must know how to prepare when there is occasion; together with nutmeg, sugar, spirit of hartshorn, vinegar, Hungary water, white or brown caudle ready made, and a glyster-pipe fitted. For the use of the accoucheur, she must hang a doubled sheet over the bed-side, and prepare warm cloaths, pomatum, thread, warm and cold water, and two hand-basins;
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