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

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
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)

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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.


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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