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The patient on whom these forceps were first used was at term but not in labor. She had a rather profuse hemorrhage while in bed at 3 a. m., Aug. 11, 1919, and was sent to the hospital with a diagnosis of lateral placenta praevia. Examination revealed a very rigid cervix which admitted the index finger. The placenta was felt to the left about one-half inch from the os. An anesthetic was given and the cervix dilated to the extent of slightly over an inch. There was some hemorrhage during dilation. A pair of forceps had been prepared by cutting off the posterior part of the fenestra of each blade of a pair of obstetric forceps close to the shank, and at the point where the anterior portion curves backward. In using these forceps, the left blade was turned with the concave surface to the pubes. The handle was held
Hanbidge WB. FORCEPS FOR USE IN PLACENTA PRAEVIA. JAMA. 1920;74(2):98-99. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.26210020002015b