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(Chamberlen forceps)
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  • The birth of forceps. [Journal Article]
    JRSM Short Rep 2013; 4(7):1-4Sheikh S, Ganesaratnam I, Jan H
  • Operative vaginal delivery has been described since the Middle Ages. During this time, however, labour would be sustained over several days and intrapartum death almost inevitable. In these circumstances, intervention involving the use of surgical instruments or even kitchen utensils would serve purely as an attempt to avoid maternal mortality. The establishment of forceps-assisted delivery as a …
  • [The introduction of obstetric forceps in Norway--a 250-year anniversary]. [Historical Article]
    Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen 1998; 118(30):4657-60Børdahl PE, Hem E
  • Johan Gottfried Erichsen (1713-68), born in Germany and chief medical officer in Bergen from 1747, was probably the first to perform a forceps delivery in Norway, on 14 February 1748. The mother, who had been in labour for five days, survived; the child, however, did not. The obstetric forceps had been a secret in the Chamberlen family and had become more widely known only a few decades earlier. …
  • [The inventors of the obstetric forceps and the obstetric lever]. [Historical Article]
    Verh K Acad Geneeskd Belg 1992; 54(1):45-53; discussion 54-5Thiery M
  • A multiple lineage is proposed for the invention of the obstetric forceps. Having been conceived by a member of the Chamberlen family in fifteenth- or seventeenth-century England, the instrument seems to have been reinvented in Flanders by Jan Palfyn and in Holland by Rogier Roonhuyse. Later, Roonhuyse invented a more effective instrument for coping with the impacted head: the obstetric lever. Pa…
  • [History and sidelights on the forceps]. [Historical Article]
    J Gynecol Obstet Biol Reprod (Paris) 1984; 13(7):743-57Dumont M
  • The author starts by showing that the first forceps were originally designed to handle hot metal in founderies and that the word derived from "formus" (hot) and "capere" (to take). The author, Professor Dumont, tries to trace the history of the development of modern forceps, discussing whether the Arabs or such well known authors of classical works as Roesslin, Raynald, Rueff and Rousset knew of …
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