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EDWARD RIGBY, M.D.,
PHYSICIAN TO THE GENERAL LYING-IN HOSPITAL; LECTURER ON MIDWIFERY AT
ENTERED, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by LEA & BLANCHARD, in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
WM. S. YOUNG, PRINTER.
0123 R56 1851
THIS System of Midwifery, complete in itself, was published in London, as a part of Dr. Tweedie's "Library of Medicine." The first series of the Library, that on "Practical Medicine" has been received with extraordinary favour on both sides of the Atlantic, and the character of the publication is fully sustained in the present contribution by Dr. Rigby, and will secure for it additional patronage.
The late Professor Dewees, into whose hands this volume was placed, a few weeks before his death, in returning it expressed the most favourable opinion of its merits; and the judgment of such high authority renders it supererogatory to add a word farther of commendation.
It is only necessary for the editor to say, that the production of the author is so complete as to have rendered his labour a light one. He has restricted himself mainly to such additions and references as he conceived would render the work more useful to American practitioners. The object of the publication being to present the most condensed view of each subject, he believed it to be inexpedient to depart from the plan by making extensive additions, and entering into the discussion of controversial points, most of which are of minor practical importance.