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Surgical operation for kidney stones in 1783? 19 Aug 2021 22:51 #2139

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I found an interesting entry in the Parish Burial register for St Mary the Virgin Church, Chislet, Kent (see attached). for 6 May 1783 "Samuel Nash, Farmer aged 58 years who had been cut for the stone by Mr. Pott, Surgeon in London, May 3."
Are they referring to a surgical operation for kidney stones? I didn't think this was an operation performed in those days. It didn't do him any good as he was buried 3 days after the operation. Very curious.
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Surgical operation for kidney stones in 1783? 20 Aug 2021 07:24 #2140

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Yes, apparently this surgical procedure predates the Hippocratic Oath!!! (4th century BC)


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