Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 88:F76-F77 doi:10.1136/fn.88.1.F76
  • Perinatal lessons from the past

Erich Bracht (1882–1969) of Berlin and his “breech” manoeuvre

  1. P M Dunn
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Dunn, Department of Child Health, University of Bristol, Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5BN, UK;
  • Accepted 6 August 2002


Erich Bracht, a German gynaecologist, described in 1935 the manoeuvre named after him for delivering the frank breech with minimal interference. In spite of the reported success of his method, it received little attention in the United Kingdom or North America.