William Smellie

William Smellie (5 February 1697 – 5 March 1763) was a Scottish obstetrician and medical instructor who practiced and taught primarily in London. One of the first prominent male midwives in Britain, he designed an improved version of the obstetrical forceps, established safer delivery practices, and through his teaching and writing helped make obstetrics more scientifically based. He is often called the “father of British midwifery”.

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      William Smellie
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      February 5, 1697, Lesmahagow, United Kingdom

      March 5, 1763, Lanark, United Kingdom
      University of Glasgow


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