Lithotrity instrument set, Paris, France, 1840-1860

1840-1860 in Paris

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Lithotomy set, complete, metal instruments by Charriere of Paris, felt lined wooden case with light canvas covering,
Science Museum Group Collection
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Lithotrity is a procedure where a stone in the bladder is crushed into pieces small enough to be passed out when the patient urinates. This procedure was first performed in the early 1800s. This eighteen-piece instrument set contains all the necessary equipment, including four lithotrities with keys to move the arms of the forceps, catheters and a scoop. The set was made by Charrière, a surgical instrument maker based in Paris, France.

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case, brass, case, canvas, case, felt, case, wood
lithotrity instrument set
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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