Set of lithotomy instruments in a fishskin case, c 1775.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Set of lithotomy instruments in a fishskin case, c 1775.

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Instruments for performing lithotomy, a surgical procedure for removing stones from the bladder or kidney. The diarist Samuel Pepys underwent a successful lithotomy in 1658 for a bladder stone, without anaesthetic.
 

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10450268
 

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