The history of the low transverse Cesarean section: The pivotal role of Munro Kerr

David Peleg, Yechiel Z. Burke, Ido Solt, Menachem Fisher

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Abstract

Cesarean section has undergone a transformation that has radically changed the prognosis of both the pregnant woman and her unborn child. The attributed mortality rate of Cesarean section during the 19th century was over 50% worldwide. Today, mortality from Cesarean delivery is rare. However, the technique of transversely incising the uterus in its lower uterine segment, although less than a century old, is passed on from instructor to apprentice, often without either of them being aware of its noble history. In this brief review, we discuss the reported history regarding this incision and the significant role played by John Munro Kerr.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume20
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018

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Keywords

  • Cesarean section
  • Classical incision
  • John Munro Kerr
  • Low transverse incision
  • Uterine incisions

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