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A remarkable case in the history of obstetrical surgery: a laparotomy performed by the Dutch surgeon Abraham Cyprianus in 1694.
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PMID:  15596288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1700 the Dutch surgeon/medical doctor Abraham Cyprianus (1655/1660-1718) published his Epistola historiam exhibens foetus humani post XXI. menses ex uteri tuba, matre salva ac superstite excisi, a 94-page book in which several remarkable case histories are described and illustrated. The most spectacular case in the book is the accurate and detailed description of the delivery of a dead full-term child (ectopic tubar pregnancy) by a laparotomy he performed in a living woman in December 1694. The woman survived the operation and gave birth to three more children in following years. This remarkable, well-considered, brave and life-saving operation, performed in a time without antisepsis and anesthesia in a domestic situation is seldom mentioned by medical historians describing the history of obstetrics. This particular case is reviewed in this article.
Erwin J O Kompanje
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  118     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-14     Completed Date:  2005-04-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  119-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Neurological Surgery, Dr Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Death / history
History, 17th Century
Laparotomy / history
Obstetric Surgical Procedures / history*
Pregnancy, Tubal / history,  surgery
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Abraham Cyprianus

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