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A Collection of Cases and Observations in Midwifery (Volume Two)
Smellie, William
Published by Printed for D. Wilson & T. Durham, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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to one side, which I contrived several years ago, for one taking a firmer hold of the head on the Pelvis when high, but, I did not then recommend the use of them, because I was afraid of encouraging young practitioners to exert too great force, and give their assistance too soon. Of, late, however, I have found them very serviceable in helping along the child’s head, in preternatural cases, after the body and the arms of the foetus were brought down, and it could not be delivered without destroying the child, by overstraining the neck and jaw.

On such occasions, they are more convenient than the short and straight fort, because they take a firmer hold, as will appear in the perusal of Tab.xxv. and also in Col.xxiv. of the third volume. They are useful to assist the delivery of the head when separated from the body, and left in the Uterus, Vide also Vol.III. They may be likewise used in labourious cases, when the head presents, though I find others are more easily managed in the application (See tab.xvi, &c.) and, as I seldom have recourse to the forceps, except when the heard is advanced in the Pelvis, or as the French term it, la

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