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Double obstetrical fillet, 1851-1900.

Double obstetrical fillet, 1851-1900.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


This instrument was used during childbirth to asist in the delivery of the foetus. Although fillets were designed to apply increased traction to the foetus during childbirth, they wre not as succesful, or popular, as forceps. It is thought to be composed of whalebone and was manufactured by Wood of York.

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