Nearly a year ago I attended a woman who had borne four dead children after severe and complicated labors, each time under the care of a different physician. She had also borne one living child, which owed its existence to the fact that it was very small, and, probably, was prematurely born. This woman, half through her sixth pregnancy, came to me, and consented to the induction of premature labor. Thereupon she passed from my notice, changed her plans upon ill advice, and summoned me when labor at term had progressed for two or three hours.
When the cervical tissues were in proper condition, a careful examination of the case was made under an anæsthetic. Finding a head of moderate size above the brim of the pelvis in left occipito anterior position, I was sure that I could deliver it with forceps in spite of a slight asymmetry, and a