J. Barclay
1853 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
stethoscope, to ascertain the life or death of the child, is awful practice, and triJling with a valuable life intrusted to olse tare J JMust tce pay no attention to the size of the pelvis, nor to the stethoscopic diagnosis, in cases of a high degree of ossi. Scation of the fuital head? Must we pluinge our fintgers into the vagina, run the tips of them against " a high degree of ossification," and as quickly let the perforator take the place of the finger? I do agree with Mr. King in thinking
more » ... King in thinking that the labour bed is not the place, nor the time, for practising the cars to sounds, or preparing ourselves to become stethoscopists: but is that any reason why a practised and perfect ear should not be combined with a realy and educated finger? True, we have " to muster all our moral courage to make up our minds to coolly and deliberately take away the life of a human being;' therefore are we not to satisfy our minds that we are possibly not doing anything of the kind, but merely removing an} inert and lifeless mass? According to Mr. King, all that is requiredt " is a certain amount of self command and moril courage, with a thorough knowledge of the vaginal passage, the pelvic cavity, andi the situation of the
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