Obstetrical Forceps


William Thompson Lusk (1838-1897), professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City, was an early American proponent of the Tarnier action traction forceps. This example incorporated some modifications suggested by Lusk.

Ref: W. T. Lusk, “A Modification of the Tarnier Forceps,” American Journal of Obstetrics (April, 1880): 372.

“Dr. William T. Lusk of New York,” Medical News 70 (1897): 837.

Date Made: ca 1881

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Women's Health


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Credit Line: from Edgar Haybeck, M.D., Obstetric & Gynecology, Centreal Medico-Surgical Clinic, West Allis WI

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.316358.57Catalog Number: 316358.57Accession Number: 316358

Object Name: Forceps, Obstetrical, Axis Tractionobstetrical forcepsOther Terms: Forceps, Obstetrical, Axis Traction; Medicine

Measurements: big forceps: 16 7/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 42.8625 cm x 10.795 cm x 6.985 cmsmaller object: 6 in x 5 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 13.97 cm x 4.445 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-62ea-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_734694

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