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William Smellie learned his obstetrics in Paris, and returned to London in 1739, at the age of 42 years. As pointed out by Fielding Garrison, he conceived the idea of teaching obstetrics with a leather covered manikin in his own home. At that time, obstetrics was largely in the hands of the midwives and Dr. Smellie was particularly opposed by Mrs. Nihell, who called him "a great horse god-mother of a he-midwife." Dr. Smellie acquired a large practice and included among his pupils William Hunter. He introduced steel-lock forceps in 1744, and the curve and double curve forceps in 1751. His name is attached to many obstetric maneuvers. In 1754 he published "A set of anatomical tables with explanations and an abridgment of the practice of midwifery with a view to illustrating a treatise on that subject and a collection of cases." A second edition appeared in 1761. A reprint
A Set of Anatomical Tables, with Explanations, and an Abridgment, of the Practice of Midwifery, with a View to Illustrate a Treatise on that Subject, and Collection of Cases. In four parts.. JAMA. 1924;83(3):215. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660030053033