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Obstetrical Forceps

Obstetrical Forceps

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Lyman Guy Barton (1866-1944), a physician in Plattsburgh, N.Y., introduced this type of obstetrical forceps in the 1920s.
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Object Name
Forceps, Obstetrical, Baston
obstetrical forceps
Other Terms
Forceps, Obstetrical, Baston; Medicine
date made
ca 1928
overall: 1 5/8 in x 10 in x 14 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 25.4 cm x 37.465 cm
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Credit Line
from Edgar Haybeck, M.D., Obstetric & Gynecology, Centreal Medico-Surgical Clinic, West Allis WI
Women's Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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