Ribemont’s Embryotome

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An exceptionally rare instrument which was used to dismember and or decapitate foetuses in the event of obstructed labour.

The Instrument comes in 2 parts. The hook section would be positioned behind the neck or the obstructing limb. With the second part connected and secured a Gigli like saw was threaded through the hollow instrument using metal tape. Handles were attached to the metal tape and pulling to and fro would saw through the obstructing part. Dr Alban Ribemont was Parisian obstetrician in the late 19th Century.

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