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Pelvimeter, Paris, France, 1781-1890

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French instrument maker Sirhenry of Paris made this early pelvimeter. It measured the pelvic diameters of pregnant women. The opening of the handles allowed measurements to be read off a sliding scale. This was part of a scientific attempt to identify those women most likely to experience obstructed labour. The technique was called pelvimetry. It was developed during the late 1700s by Frenchman Jean Louis Baudelocque (1746-1810). maker: Sirhenry Place made: Paris, Ville de Paris, Île-de-France, France


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Pelvimeter, Paris, France, 1781-1890. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

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