Cullingworth-type obstetrical forceps

1860-1880 in Edinburgh

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Forceps, obstetrical, axis traction, Cullingworth, steel and wood, by Gardner of Edinburgh, circa 1870

Steel obstetrical forceps grip and rotate a baby’s head during difficult childbirths. The curved blades fit the baby’s head and the curve of the mother’s pelvis. Gynaecologist and obstetrician Charles Cullingworth (1841-1908) modified existing designs. He strengthened the materials using only metal as well as strengthening the screws used. These obstetrical forceps were one of many designs at that time.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) cullingworth, axis tractions, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument

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