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Grime, Germs & Gangrene

A lecture on the ancient art of "cutting for the stone".

Over the centuries, patients had particularly dreaded diagnosis of bladder stone. Left in the body a bladder stone could be fatal and the operation of lithotomy was also a long, painful, life threatening procedure. St Thomas’ Hospital surgeon - the bodysnatching, turban-wearing William Cheselden - took the challenge to improve surgical procedures for removal of the stone. Without either anaesthetic or antiseptic techniques, he could remove a stone in under a minute. Nine out of ten Hospital patients survived his ‘High Operation for the Stone’, a success that the Hospital would maintain for the next 100 years. Hands on a human bladder stone!


Museum Curatorial Staff | talks


Date and Time:

27 October 2007 at 2:00 pm


2 hours



Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St Thomas' Street
020 7188 2679

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Talk not recommended for under 12s.

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