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Caesarean section in cases of placenta praevia. See also Porro’s operation, under Edoardo Pòrro, Italian obstetrician, 1842-1902 (not yet entered on whonamedit).

R. L. Tait:
•  An address on the surgical aspect of impacted labour.
   British Medical Journal, March 22, 1890, 1: 657-661.

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