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Minerva Ginecologica 2007 February;59(1):75-84

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Prenatal medicine: from the obstetric stethoscope to the computerized telecardiotocography

Di Lieto A., De Falco M., Campanile M., Scaramellino M., Schiraldi P.

Unità Operativa Complessa di Medicina dell’Età Prenatale, Dipartimento di Scienze Ostetrico-Ginecologiche Urologiche e Medicina della Riproduzione Università degli Studi di Napoli, “Federico II”, Napoli, Italia


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The aim of this article is to illustrate the history of fetal auscultation from the 19th century, when the fetus was considered as an object and the obstetrician as a “mechanic of the birth”, to the present age, when the fetus is a subject and the obstetricians have at their disposal all the means they need to confirm his well-being and to early diagnose his pathologies, even using prenatal telemedicine.

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