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Earle type pelvimeter, England, 1781-1900

A pelvimeter measured the pelvic diameters of pregnant women. Compression of the ebony handles opened the blades. This allowed measurements to be read off the sliding scale. This was part of a scientific attempt to identify those women most likely to experience obstructed labour. The technique is called pelvimetry. It was developed during the late 1700s by Frenchman Jean Louis Baudelocque (1746-1810). This pelvimeter was designed by Dr Earle of Birmingham. It was made by instrument maker Wood.

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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 pelvimeter (internal)

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