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What The History of Forceps Can Teach Us About Academies

 For 130 years the Chamberlen family kept a secret which, had it been shared, would have prevented decades of untimely deaths.  In the late 1500s, Peter Chamberlen – a London-based French surgeon – developed the first tool for successfully extracting live infants otherwise obstructed during labour.  Chamerberlen’s solution – the forcep – looked like a …

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