Trachellorhektor’ Obstetric Hook by Zweifel

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An unusual instrument of foetal destruction called a ‘Trachellorhektor’ invented by Zweifel, a 19th century obstetrician from Leipzig.

The folded hooks were positioned around the back of the foetal neck and the handles turned apart through 180 degrees causing the cervical spine to fracture so as to allow an easier delivery. In its folded state it would probably have been used like a single blunt hook to facilitate delivery in obstructed labour by pulling down foetal limbs.

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