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SMELLIE, William (1697-1763). A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery. London: D. Wilson, 1752.
8o (192 x 112 mm). Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: John Cook, M.D. (contemporary bookplate); Lemuel Cook; William H. Williams (signatures on preliminary blanks).
FIRST EDITION. "Smellie contributed more to the fundamentals of obstetrics than virtually any individual. In his Treatise he described more accurately than any previous writer the mechanism of parturition, stressing the importance of exact measurement of the pelvis" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 6154; Grolier Medicine 43A; Heirs of Hippocrates 825; NLM/Blake, p.421; Waller 9013; Norman 1954.
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