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John Blunt, Man-Midwifery Dissected
The man-midwife caricature in the beginning of this section is frequently reprinted in works about early man-midwifery in England. It was the frontispiece of John Blunt's Man-Midwifery Dissected. Neither a physician nor a man-midwife himself, Blunt argued against males as assistants in normal births.Quote frompage VIII



Questions to ask these pages:

1. According to Blunt, how many years before Martha Ballard started her diary in 1785 was the forceps design made public?

2. What did Blunt say persuaded women to employ man-midwives, even in normal labors?

Questions to ask the book:

1. According to Blunt, what were the dangers of employing man-midvives?
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2. How did Blunt propose to correct the man-midwife problem?
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