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Obstetric leg separator, France, 1701-1770

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This wrought iron appliance separated the mother’s legs to assist examinations. It was possibly also used during childbirth. The leg separator came from the private collection of Dr Noel Hamonic. It was sold by Hamonic’s sons in two parts to Henry Wellcome. The first was in June 1928 for £4,400. The second was a month later for £803. The collection consisted mostly of surgical instruments and pharmacy ware.

Object number:

A121469

 

Glossary:

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: gynaecology

A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.

Glossary: obstetric leg separator

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