Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Cesarean section

  • A cesarean section in Uganda in 1879

    Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Successful Cesarean section performed by indigenous healers in Kahura, Uganda as observed by R.W. Felkin. 1879. Via Wikimedia.  “A strange story indeed, almost too good to be true.”1   Until the end of the nineteenth century, a cesarean section to deliver an infant was considered to be an operation with…

  • Welcome another Earth-dweller

    Ndembou C. Jean-Louis Bafut, Cameroon    Maternity ward of Bafut District Hospital, 2017 “Doctor, we have a thirty-eight-year-old lady, recently injured, having difficulties bearing down. And her baby’s heart rate is not the best,” a harried sounding nurse gushed over the phone. I groaned inwardly and reassured her I would arrive at the maternity ward…

  • Leaders in the development of Western obstetric practice

    Sara Buck   The history of obstetrics contains too many notable figures to simply select six key leaders in its development. However, as Laura Kaplan notes in “Changes in Childbirth in the US,” featured in the current issue, modern obstetrics has been greatly influenced by the invention and modernization of the forceps (Chamberlen and Smellie),…