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—Following is an extract from an old manuscript in the Royal Library of Berlin of one Johann Dietz, surgeon in the army of the Great Elector and barber to the royal court, circa A. D. 1679:The womenfolk said: "Master Dietz, we could not save him; your child is dead; and if you wish to save your wife's life you must send for Master Dorn who removes the embryo." I was greatly shocked and did not know what to do. Nevertheless I made up my mind and said: "If it is only a question of being able and willing to do what Dorn can do, that I can do also." I laid my hand on my wife and sought by exploration to discover how the foetus lay. It was situated with left arm and armpit the wrong way round. And on account of the wind which is
Clemens JR. PRUSSIAN OBSTETRICS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. JAMA. 1924;82(15):1217. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650410059033
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