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" It is not hard words that perform the work, as if none understood the art that cannot understand Greek. "
English Midwives: Their History and Prospects - Page 50
by James Hobson Aveling - 1872 - 187 pages
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Liberating Women's History: Theoretical and Critical Essays

Berenice A. Carroll - Social Science - 1976 - 434 pages
...want; yet the Holy Scriptures hath recorded Midwives to the perpetual honour of the female sex. ... It is not hard words that perform the work, as if...understand Greek. Words are but the shell, that we oftimes break our Teeth with them to come at the kernel, I mean our brains to know what is the meaning...
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Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Science

Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter, Roy Porter, Mikulas Teich - History - 1994 - 408 pages
...scepticism about medical theories. Men might be learned, observed the midwife Jane Sharp, but in childbirth 'It is not hard words that perform the work, as if none understood the Art that cannot understand Greek'.2 Further, female gossip about sexuality 82 could subvert the dominant discourse about male...
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Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook : Constructions of Femininity in England

Kate Aughterson - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 316 pages
...poor and in a starving condition, and then they have more need of meat than midwives) the women are as fruitful, and as safe and well delivered, if not much...understand Greek. Words are but the shell that we oft times break our teeth with them to come at the kernel (I mean our brains) to know what is the meaning...
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Women Healers: Portraits of Herbalists, Physicians, and Midwives

Elisabeth Brooke - Health & Fitness - 1995 - 168 pages
...must be both speculative and practical, and says that midwifery is the natural propriety of women. ... It is not hard words that perform the work, as if...understand Greek. Words are but the shell, that we oftimes break our Teeth with them. ... It is commendable tor men to employ their spare time in some...
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The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651-1740

Professor of English Jayne Elizabeth Lewis, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 234 pages
...gynecological, and obstetrical precepts in lay words: "It is not hard words that perform the work, as if more understood the Art that cannot understand Greek. Words...mean our Brains to know what is the Meaning of them" (pp. 3-4). 43 Mr. Spectator was voluble on the rampant "Humour of Shortning our Language" that, exemplified...
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The Midwives Book: Or the Whole Art of Midwifry Discovered

Jane Sharp - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 368 pages
...poor and in a starving condition, and then they have more need of meat than Midwives) the women are as fruitful, and as safe and well delivered, if not much...mean our brains to know what is the meaning of them; 1. Schools: emended from "Schools". 2. situation: emended from "sitution" at line break. 3. propriety:...
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The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature

Muller Janel, David Loewenstein, Janel Mueller, Mueller, Janel M. Mueller, William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita Janel Mueller - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 1038 pages
...Sharp, insisted on dissociating Nature's truths about the human body from the mysteries of language: 'It is not hard words that perform the work, as if...ofttimes break our Teeth with them to come at the kernal.'47 The idea that 'truth' must be distinguished from mere words was a basic premise of the scientific...
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Three Keys to the Past: The History of Technical Communication

Teresa C. Kynell, Michael G. Moran - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1999 - 320 pages
...Sharp disagrees. The midwife's work has nothing to do with her understanding medical nomenclature: It is not hard words that perform the work, as if none understood the Art that cannot understand the Greek. Words are but the shell, that we of times break out Teeth with them to come at the kernal,...
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The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London

Doreen Evenden - Health & Fitness - 2000 - 260 pages
...preeminence of practical experience over knowledge acquired from books in the actual childbirth situation: "It is not hard words that perform the work, as if...understood the Art that cannot understand Greek." Deferring to the prevailing mind set of the seventeenth century, Sharp allowed the suitability of men...
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The Court Midwife

Justine Siegemund - Science - 2007 - 280 pages
...of knowledge of Greek, the language of academic medicine, the English midwife Jane Sharp maintained, "It is not hard Words that perform the Work, as if...understand Greek. Words are but the Shell, that we oftentimes break our Teeth with them to come at the Kernel, I mean our Brains, to know what is the...
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