Simpson type obstetrical forceps, c.1871-1900.

Obstetrical forceps, c 1871-1900.
These are short obstetrical forceps following the design of Sir James Young Simpson, 1811-1870. They were used to deliver babies from low down in the birth canal. The forceps are made out of steel and ebony and manufactured by Philip Harris & Co of Birmingham, England. Simpson also developed long forceps that were heavier and were designed to extract a baby from higher up the birth canal. Both his long and short forceps were adapted in many later designs
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1871-1900
Inventory number :
A500180