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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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ii P R E F A C E.  

as may serve to whet the genius of young practitioners, and be as hints to introduce more valuable discoveries in the art.

The Introduction contains a summary account of the practice of Midwifery, both among the ancients and moderns, with the improvements which have been hitherto made in it; and this I have been exhibited for the information of those who have not had time or opportunity to peruse the books from which it is collected; that by seeing at once the whole extent of the art, they may be the more able to judge for themselves, and regulate their practice by those authors who have written most judiciously on the subject. The knowledge of these things will also help to raise a laudable spirit of emulation, that never fails to promote useful enquiries, which often redound to the honour of art, as well as to the advantage of society.
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