An Essay Towards a New System of Midwifry, Theoretical and Practical. Together with the Descriptions, Causes, and Methods of Removing, or Relieving the Disorders peculiar to Pregnant and Lying-in Women, and New-born Infants. Interspersed with Several New Improvements; Whereby Women may be delivered, in the most dangerous Cases, with more Ease, Safety, and Expedition, than by any other Method heretofore practiced; Part of which has been laid before the Royal Society at London, and the Medical Society at Edinburgh; after having been perused by Many of the most Eminent of their Profession, both in Great Britain and Ireland; by whom they were greatly approved of. All Drawn up and Illustrated with Several Curious Observations, and Eighteen Copper-Plates. In Four Parts. John Burton.

An Essay Towards a New System of Midwifry, Theoretical and Practical. Together with the Descriptions, Causes, and Methods of Removing, or Relieving the Disorders peculiar to Pregnant and Lying-in Women, and New-born Infants. Interspersed with Several New Improvements; Whereby Women may be delivered, in the most dangerous Cases, with more Ease, Safety, and Expedition, than by any other Method heretofore practiced; Part of which has been laid before the Royal Society at London, and the Medical Society at Edinburgh; after having been perused by Many of the most Eminent of their Profession, both in Great Britain and Ireland; by whom they were greatly approved of. All Drawn up and Illustrated with Several Curious Observations, and Eighteen Copper-Plates. In Four Parts

London: Printed for James Hodges, 1751. First edition. Leather bound. 391pp. plus Index. Octavo [20.5 cm] Full brown leather with a hubbed spine, and a red leather spine label. The rear board is cosmetically cracked along the joint. There is a contemporary owner's name at the head of the front free endsheet. With 16 of the 18 plates. The plates at p. 200 and p. 204 are no longer present (Table 14 and Table 15). The two fold-out illustrations at p. 100 are torn (with tape and a bit of loss to Table 3). The fold-out table at p. 100 has also been taped where torn. Very good. Item #57696

This essay is considered to be man-midwife John Burton's most significant contribution towards medicine. Burton, of York, was a prominent Tory, and was later satirized as "Doctor Slop" in Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.

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