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The Irish symphysiotomy “scandal”


The Clark report on long standing allegations that symphysiotomy had been overused inIreland in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s was published in October. Judge Clarkreviewed over 500 cases of alleged injury after episiotomy but found little objectiveevidence of long term harm. She also found that 173 women had not undergone theprocedure at all.  


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Commentaries by Editor Prof. Jim Thornton