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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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P R E F A C E.

I At first intended to have published this treatise in different lectures, as they were delivered in one course of Midwifery; but I found that method would not answer so well, in a work of this kind, as in teaching: because in the course of my lectures, almost every observation has a reference to the working of those machines which I have contrived to resemble and represent real women and children; and on which all the kinds of different labours are demonstrated, and even performed by every individual student.

I have, therefore, divided the whole into an Introduction, and four Books, distinguished by Chapters, Sections, and Numbers; and have industriously avoided all theory, except so much
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