Reference numberCLP/12ii/10
TitlePaper, 'An account of an extra-uterine foetus taken out of a woman after death, that had continued five years and an [sic] half in the body' by Robert Houstoun [Houston]
DescriptionHouston describes a case of a woman who was at term and thought she had gone into labour, but whose uterus was completely closed off. Houston found that the foetus was located between the uterus and the intestines, and offered to attempt a surgical delivery, which was rejected by the woman. A year and a half later, the woman developed a large growth that she refused to have drained, and subsequently died. Houston performed the post-mortem and found the foetus. Also includes gives details of other similar cases, written in Latin. Engraved figures from Philosophical Transactions attached.

Subject: Medicine

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'An account of an extra-uterine fœtus, taken out of a woman after death, that had continued five years and an half in the body'.

Read to the Royal Society on 9 May 1723.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1722.0074
Printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 32 (1722), p 387
Related records in the catalogueRBO/11/10
Fellows associated with this archive
NA4358Houston; Robert (1678 - 1734)1678 - 1734
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