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William Smellie, A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery
William Smellie (1698-1763) came from Scotland and studied obstetrics in London and Paris. He was the best known teacher of man-midwives in London and published three texts on midwifery. He was often derided in anti-man-midwife treatises.

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Questions to ask these pages:

1. What qualifications did Smellie say were required of a good midwife?

2. According to the author, what should be the relationship between a female midwife and an "accoucheur," or man-midwife?

Questions to ask the book:

1. According to Smellie, what were the qualifications of a good accoucheur?
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2. What were the tasks of men and what were the tasks of women in Smellie's ideal birth?
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