1912 The Lancet  
yet the account of bipolar podalic version given is imperfect and does not resemble the original description of Braxton Hicks, to whose classical paper there is no reference in the bibliography. Dr. Davis recommends that the forceps should be applied to the sides of the head and employs axis-traction forceps fitted with tapes attached at the middle of the blades. His description of their use is not in accordance with the principle of axis traction as laid down by Milne Murray, and in the figure
more » ... of the delivery of the head over the pelvic floor the operator is shown holding both the handles and the tapes. We notice one interesting slip. The author speaks of the position of Mercurio or Walcher. Mercurio's position, designed for the delivery of very fat women, is, however, quite different from that of Walcher. It was illustrated first in his book published in 1642, and has often been reproduced in modern text-books. It is obvious from what we have said that there are many things in this book which are not in accordance with current English teaching and the work is hardly likely, therefore, to appeal as extensively to English readers as to their colleagues in the United States. LIBRARY TABLE.
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