Ethics/Education| Volume 18, ISSUE 5, P139-140, May 2008

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Classification of urgency of caesarean section


      The traditional classification of caesarean section into elective and emergency is less useful than newer classifications which have more categories. Here we discuss the reasons for classifying caesarean section and some of the features of alternative classification systems.


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