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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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Though I have endeavoured to treat every thing in the most distinct and concise manner, perhaps many directions that may occur in the third Book, may be thought too minute and trivial by those who have already had the advantage of an extensive practice; but the work being principally undertaken with a view to refresh the memory of those who have attended me, and for the instruction of young practitioners in general, I thought it was necessary to mention every thing that might be useful in the course of practice.

At first, my design was to have inserted cases, by way of illustration, according to the method of La Motte; but, upon further deliberation, I thought such a plan would too much embarrass the student in the progress of his reading: and therefore I have resolved, in imitation of Mauriceau, to publish a second volume of histo-
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