Complete Edition, With Engravings and Linked Table of Contents.
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THE MIDWIFE'S VADE-MECUM
On marriage and at what age young men and virgins are capable of it: and why so much desire it. Also, how long men and women are capable of it.
How to beget a male or female child; and of the Embryo and perfect Birth; and the fittest time for the copula.
The reason why children are like their parents; and that the Mother's imagination contributes thereto; and whether the man or the woman is the cause of the male or female child.
That Man's Soul is not propagated by their parents, but is infused by its Creator, and can neither die nor corrupt. At what time it is infused. Of its immortality and certainty of its resurrection.
Of Monsters and Monstrous Births; and the several reasons thereof, according to the opinions of the Ancients. Also, whether the Monsters are endowed with reasonable Souls; and whether the Devils can engender; is here briefly discussed.
Of the happy state of matrimony, as it is appointed by God, the true felicity that rebounds thereby to either sex; and to what end it is ordained.
Of Errors in Marriages; Why they are, and the Injuries caused by them.
The Opinion of the Learned concerning Children conceived and born within Seven Months; with Arguments upon the Subject to prevent Suspicion of Incontinency, and bitter Contest on that Account. To which are added Rules to Know the Disposition of Man's Body by the Genital Parts.
Of the Green-Sickness in Virgins, with its causes, signs and cures; together with the chief occasions of Barrenness in Women, and the Means to remove the Cause, and render them fruitful.
Virginity, what it is, in what it consists, and how vitiated; together with the Opinions of the Learned about the Change of Sex in the Womb, during the Operation of Nature in forming the Body.
Directions and Cautions for Midwives; and, first, what ought to be the qualifications of a midwife.
Further Directions to Midwives, teaching them what they ought to do, and what to avoid.
The External, and Internal Organs of Generation in Women.
A description of the Fabric of the Womb, the preparing Vessels and Testicles in Women. Also of the Different and Ejaculatory Vessels.
A Description of the Use and Action of the several Generative Parts in Women.
Of the Organs of Generation in Man.
A word of Advice to both Sexes, consisting of several Directions with regard to Copulation.
A PRIVATE LOOKING GLASS FOR THE FEMALE SEX
Treating of the several Maladies incident to the womb, with proper remedies for the cure of each.
Of the Retention of the Courses.
Of Excessive Menstruation.
Of the Weeping of the Womb.
The false Courses, or Whites.
The Suffocation of the Mother.
Of the Descending or Falling of the Womb.
Of the Inflammation of the Womb.
Of Scirrhous Tumours, or Hardness of the Womb.
Of Dropsy of the Womb.
Of Moles and False Conceptions.
Of Conception and its Signs, and How a Woman may know whether it be Male or Female.
Of Untimely Births.
Directions for Pregnant Women.
Directions for Women when they are taken in Labour, to ensure their safe Delivery, and Directions for Midwives.
What ought to be done in cases of extremity, especially in women who, in labour, are attacked by a flux of blood, convulsions and fits of wind.
How child-bearing Women ought to be ordered after Delivery.
Acute Pains after Delivery.
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