In 1959 Ian Donald noted that clear echoes could be obtained from the fetal head and began to apply this information. I became involved shortly afterwards, and indeed was given the project to play with on my own. At the Royal Maternity Hospital, Rottenrow, there was no separate room to examine the patients and not even a cupboard in which to keep the apparatus, so my colleague, the physicist Tom Duggan, and I pushed it about on a trolley and approached patients in the wards for permission to examine them at the bedside. Glasgow women are wonderful and they accepted all this without demur …….. . We applied the method of fetal head measurement to assess the size and growth of the foetus. When the Queen Mother’s Hospital opened in 1964 it became possible to refine the technique greatly. My colleague Dr. Stuart Campbell (now Professor at King’s College Hospital, London) did this and fetal cephalometry became the standard method for the study of fetal growth for many years.- Excerpted from an article in the University of Glasgow publication ‘Avenue’ No. 19: January 1996 entitled ‘ Medical Ultrasound —- A Glasgow Development which Swept the World ‘, by Dr. James Willocks MD, who had best described the circumstances of Donald’s early work.
“Out of sight is to be out of mind,” goes the old cliche. The precise quote, “Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.” – Thomas a Kempis
When it’s applied to an unborn baby in an uniformed or misinformed (and possibly scared to death, pregnant for the first time) mother’s womb, the cliché may end in a deadly way. Particularly now, in abortionists clinics across the land since the highest court of the land refuses to hear an appeal by Oklahoma officials desiring to see ultrasounds required to be performed prior to killing a fetus in the act of abortion. Or as many see it, prior to murdering an innocent soon to be born human being.