Harrowing Halloween

The Taming of the Bladder Stone

 


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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!

(Not recommended for children under 12.)

  • 2pm

Where

Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret
9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
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6; conc 5; child 3.50; family (2+4) 13.90

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