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Social class and elective caesareans in the NHS: Dr Foster is cheap and offensive

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:291
  1. John M Grant, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist (
  1. Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw, Lanarkshire ML2 0DP

    Editor—Dr Foster shows its ignorance of obstetrics in the article on social class and elective caesareans in the NHS.1 The authors imply that an “elective” caesarean section is performed solely at the request of the pregnant woman.

    Traditionally an elective caesarean section is one carried out …

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