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Pelvimeter, external measuring calliper, Italy, 1901-1960

A pelvimeter is a measuring device used by obstetric physicians. This steel pelvimeter externally measured the pelvis and assessed the size of the birth canal to assess how far along a labour was. The pelvimeter opens and the distance between the two prongs is read from a sliding scale. Obstetrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the care of pregnant women, childbirth and the period of recovery immediately afterwards.

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Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: obstetric pelvimeter (external)

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