Palfijin obstetrical forceps, Europe, 1720-1730

1720-1730 in Europe

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Forceps, obstetrical, Palfyn, steel and wood, two separate sections, possibly a model

Jan Palfijin (1650-1730), or Palfyn, introduced these obstetrical forceps in 1716. They aided difficult childbirths. The spoons or ‘iron hands’ as he called them, gripped the baby’s head. They could be used separately or tied together.

This was one of many designs produced from the early 1700s onwards.


Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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steel and wood
obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments) palfyn, models, obstetrical forceps and obstetrics (instruments)
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • obstetrical instrument

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