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Medical Museum: Obstetrical Delivery Set

Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | July 28, 2015
Obstetrical delivery set
From the July 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Each month, we visit Dr. Blaufox’s Museum of Historical Medical Artifacts to take a look back at the medical equipment that cleared the way for what patients encounter in doctors’ offices and operating rooms of today. Some equipment may be recognizable, while other featured inventions have since become obsolete or have had their usefulness discredited.

The picture and description appear courtesy of Dr. M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D, from his website: www.mohma.org.

Category: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Estimated Date: 1880
Name: Obstetrical Delivery Set
Manufacturer: G. Kern and Tiemann & Co.
Description: 18”x 14” Leather pouch contains: steel Simpsons perforator 12” no mark; blunt hook and crotchet 12” no mark; vectis 13” with ebony handle; Thomas’ forceps, 12” labeled Kern, with composition or bone handle; and Jenks forceps 13.5”, marked Tiemann with bone handle. Part of a paper label is under the strap and reads, “SK CUED.” This pouch was probably carried by a physician at a time when all that could be offered in the case of a delivery problem was to remove the baby destructively. A nice example of the terrible decisions early physicians had to face in complicated deliveries.

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