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Ireland orders inquiry into “barbaric” obstetric practices

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1200
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Irish health minister has ordered an investigation by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists into the use by some surgeons, 40 to 50 years ago, of procedures to open the pelvis as an alternative to caesarean sections.

    The minister's statement in the legislature came after one of the national newspapers ran an interview with a 70 year old Dublin woman who said she had been incontinent and in severe pain since surgery in 1958, which she described as ruining her life.

    “It was the most excruciating thing I'll ever experience,” …

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