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A cephalotribe was a medical instrument used in obstetrics to crush the skull of stillborn fetuses (cephalotripsy). It was used in cases of obstructed labor (dystocia) to aid delivery.[1][2]

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  1. ^ W.L. Richardson (January 3, 1878). "Recent progress in obstetrics" The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal 10–3.
  2. ^ Hicks JB (1867). "The Cephalotribe". Br Med J. 2 (355): 337–8. PMC 2310674Freely accessible. PMID 20744902. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.355.337-a.