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Obstetric Forceps - Traction Handle, Milne-Murray, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 850138

Summary:
Used in conjunction with obstetric forceps to modify the angle of the pull. Used in delivery of babies of patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia, circa 1930
Description:
Milne Murray's traction handle for obstetric forceps. Short, rounded, rotating, metal handle with screw in centre of handle. Short rod and another screw holding the connecting plate has two key-shape holes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 140 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: births, psychiatric hospitals, surgical apparatus instruments, spaz, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Surgery
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: On rod: 7. On connecting plate: 7.
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1930
References: card with exhibit.

Comments

Sara Cowan Posted on 01 Mar 2014 10:56 AM
Your description refers to Milne and Murray as if they were two different persons. In fact these forceps were invented by Dr Robert Milne Murray, a Scottish gynecologist. His description of the invention is outlined in the following reference : R. M. Murray, ‘The Axis-Traction Forceps; Their Mechanical Principles, Construction,and Scope’,
Trans. Edin. Obstet, Soc.,16(1890–
1891), 58-89.
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Mar 2014 12:02 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Sara, thanks for that - I've amended the text to reflect Dr Milne Murray's ownership of the invention, this should appear shortly when the system is refreshed.

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