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Adolphe Pinard (1844–1934) of Paris and intrauterine paediatric care
  1. P M Dunn
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor Dunn
    Department of Child Health, University of Bristol, Southmead Hospital, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5BN, UK; P.M.Dunn{at}


Pinard was a pioneer of modern perinatal care. His provision of social care to deprived pregnant women progressed to a recognition of the value of medical care of mother and baby before as well as after birth. The creation of antenatal departments and wards in maternity hospitals followed. He also established abdominal obstetric palpation on sound principles.

  • intrauterine care
  • obstetrics
  • pregnancy
  • history

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