Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 89:F465-F467 doi:10.1136/adc.2003.047993
  • Perinatal lessons from the past

Dr Christian Kielland of Oslo (1871–1941) and his straight forceps

  1. P M Dunn
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Dunn
    Department of Child Health, University of Bristol, Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5BN, UK;
  • Accepted 13 December 2003


Christian Kielland, a Norwegian obstetrician, published a description of his straight forceps in 1916. Although internationally recognised as a most valuable instrument for rotation of the fetal head, for many years his instrument received little appreciation in his own country.