A cranioclast is designed to crush the head of a fetus, to facilitate delivery in difficult cases. James Young Simpson (1811-1870), the eminent Scottish obstetrician who introduced an obstetrical forceps and introduced the use of ether in childbirth, promoted the form.

Ref: J. Y. Simpson, Clinical Lectures on Diseases of Women (Philadelphia, 1863), pp. 408-423

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Women's Health


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0478.09Accession Number: 1986.0478Catalog Number: 1986.0478.09

Object Name: Cranioclastforceps, obstetrical, cranioclast

Physical Description: steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 44.45 cm x 19.05 cm


Record Id: nmah_1339679

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