Jean Louis Baudelocque, a French surgeon and accoucheur, born at Heilly, department of the Somme, in 1746, died May 1, 1810. He went to Paris at an early age, studied anatomy, surgery, and obstetrics, and obtained the first prize awarded in the school of practical anatomy. About 1771 he was appointed first surgeon to the hospital La Charite, but after a few years began to devote himself more exclusively to midwifery, in which he soon acquired a commanding reputation, and was appointed professor of midwifery in the school of hygiene, and surgeon-in-chief to the maternity hospital. He was generally recognized as standing at the head of the obstetricians of Paris, and was selected by Napoleon as chief accoucheur to the empress Maria Louisa. He was one of the earliest practitioners who made use of the forceps as a means of delivery in difficult parturition. His works are: Principes de Vart des accouchements (Paris, 1775; 5th ed., 1821); An in Partu propter Angustiam Pelvis impossiJrili Symphysis Ossium Pubis se-canda? (1770); and L'art des accouchements (1781; 6th ed., 1822).