Jan Palfijn the inventor of the obstetrical forceps
|Francesco Cattini: Jan Palfijn|
|By Paul Hermans - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0|
In 1718 Palfijn published an influential work for surgeons called l'Anatomie du corps humain (Anatomy of the human body). Reportedly, this book was still in use in Japan in the latter part of the 19th century.
Jan Palfijn wrote a lot about his inventions and findings. In 1723 his book "The Iron Hands" was published, in which he described his obstetrical forceps. Jan Palfijn died in April 1730 in Ghent. Today in Ghent there are the Palfijn Medical Museum and the Jan Palfijn Hospital. There is also two hospitals in Antwerp and Ghent barring its name.