October 11, 1890

A PLEA FOR THE GENERAL ADOPTION OF THE AXIS-TRACTION FORCEPS.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(15):528-529. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410410008001b

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In presenting any question concerning the forceps I am well aware that I am treading upon hackneyed ground. Without preface I shall hasten to the statement of my argument for the adoption of the axis-traction forceps. First of all, the use of the forceps is to be considered as an obstetric procedure, which before employment, is to be fully justified, both in the interests of the mother and of the child, entirely apart from the convenience or prejudice of the operator. The forceps are to be applied, neither because the mother demands them nor because they are a time-saving convenience for the obstetrician. Their use is strictly a logical one, and must be differentiated from every fallacy of apparent justification. The question has been asked, Can there be a too frequent use of the obstetric forceps? On the other hand, we hear continually of the "abuse" of the instrument. Now,

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