The confrontation between the 'pro-cesareans and the 'anti-cesareans' in eighteenth century France

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Cesarean section is a one of the earliest and the most fascinating surgical procedures. Descriptions of first authentic successful cases of cesarean delivery of a living woman appeared in the 16th century. Still, mainly due to poor outcome, the performance of cesarean section remained controversial for the next three centuries. In the 18th century France, a hasty debate had commenced between the 'pro-cesareans' (represented by Jean-Louis Baudelocque) and the 'anti-cesareans' (represented by Jean François Sacombe) that involved medical as well as judicial issues. It seems that the 'pro-cesareans' had overcome the 'anti-cesareans' in this debate at that time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalVesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


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