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Lithotomy set, Paris, France, 1820-1860

Lithotomy was a procedure where a stone in the bladder or urethra was removed by means of surgery. This thirty-piece instrument set contained all the necessary instruments to carry out the operation, including four gorgets, specialised knives used in lithotomy, and six lithotomy staffs, which are grooved to guide the gorget towards the stone. The set was made by Charrière, a surgical instrument maker based in Paris, France.

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Glossary: gorget

An instrument used in the operation for removal of stones from the bladder. It is a director or guide with a wide groove.

Glossary: lithotomy

The operation of cutting stones from the hollow organs, such as the kidney or bladder.

Glossary: lithotomy instrument set

Instrument set for performing lithotomies - The operation, art, or practice of cutting for stone in the bladder.

Glossary: lithotomy staff

The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder

Glossary: stone

A hard solid made of undissolved minerals and found in the kidneys or bladder.