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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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hath been pretty extensive, will, I hope, screen me from the imputation of arrogance, with regard to the task I have undertaken; and I flatter myself, that the Performance will not be unserviceable to mankind.

It was my intention to insert in this Compendium, plates of the most useful instruments appertaining to the art of Midwifery; but as large drawings could not be properly bound in a book of so small a size, I have resolved to publish them in folio, with that set of prints which I am now preparing, according to the proposals specified in the advertisement at the end of this volume: mean while, the instruments themselves which I principally use and recommend, namely, the small forceps, blunt hook, scissars, and curve crotchets, may be had of many instrument-makers in London.
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