Craniotomy on a Dead Fetus, 1930
Scope and Contents
Warning: graphic and disturbing content, including images of a dead fetus and a dead infant boy.
A dead fetus is removed from the birth canal of a 46-year-old woman in this silent, black and white film, which was produced at Chicago Lying-In Hospital by Joseph B. De Lee, with support of a grant from the Alumni Association. In the delivery room, three examiners confirm there is an absence of fetal heartbeat. A trephine is used to bore a hole in the skull of the fetus, first demonstrated on a model, then during the actual birth. Craniotomy forceps are used to collapse the skull. An episiotomy is performed so there is enough room to pull the fetus out. A cleidotomy, a procedure that cuts one of the clavicles, is also done. After removal of the fetus, the whole birth canal is examined. Repair of the episiotomy with figure eight sutures and suturing of the vaginal mucosa is demonstrated. The craniotomy and cleidotomy are replicated on the body of a deceased infant boy so that students can better understand the intricacies of both procedures in a way that is completely visible and without the obstruction of a birth canal. All procedures are explained by use of intertitles.
The Science and Art of Obstetrics by Joseph B. De Lee, M.D. Chapter LXXIII: Operative Obstetrics: Craniotomy on a Dead Fetus.
These pictures were produced at the Chicago Lying-In Hospital by means of a grant from the Alumni Association. We are indebted for many courtesies to the Essanay Film Company, George K. Spoor, President. C.A. Luperti - Chief Cinematographer.
- De Lee, Joseph B. (Joseph Bolivar), 1869-1942 (Person)
- Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. (Production company, Organization)
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical Alumni Association (Funder, Organization)
- Luperti, Conrad (Cinematographer, Person)
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1 Reels : 43:20 minutes, black & white, silent, acetate base ; 16mm, 1156 ft.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
See accession record 2018-18-082.
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