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The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, the Woman’s Book

Albeit1 some Aristarchus2 may perhaps find some lack of faithfulness3 and diligence in this work, yet there is none so froward to deny, but that4 there is some fruit and profit to be found therein; seeing that it cometh now abroad5 much more enlarged and increased, and more diligently corrected than it was before, either in the Latin, or in the English.6 And where before, in the other prints,7 there lacked matter necessary to the opening and declaration8 of the figures pertaining to the inner parts, it is now so plainly set forth, that the simplest midwife which can read, may both understand for her better instruction, and also other women that have need of her help, the more commodity.9 Wherefore my desire is, that it may be received and practised of midwives and all other matrons,10 with no less success, than it is with good will and desire written to profit and to do good to other.