Frère Côme-type lithotome, 1745-1830

Made:
1745-1830 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Frere Come's small single-bladed lithotane, curved, with spring handle for blade and bone handle, c. 1750

A lithotome is used to cut the bladder in order to remove stones (hard masses in the bladder). Frère Côme’s lithotome (1703-1781) is also known as a lithotome caché. Caché translates from French as “hidden”, meaning that the lithotome had a hidden blade. The blade was introduced into the bladder and then released using the spring handle. The surgeon controlled how far the blade moved – any errors could lead to internal bleeding and damage. This example is made from metal and has a bone handle.

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Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A610394
Materials:
ebony, steel
type:
lithotome
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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