De Ribes bag for the induction of labour, 1887-1910.

De Ribes bag for the induction of labour, 1887-1910.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Description

Champetier-de-Ribes designed this rubber-covered, silk inflatable bag in 1887. It was inserted into the uterus by means of special forceps. It was then filled with water in an effort to stimulate the contraction of the uterus, inducing labour.

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