Lithotomy, or "cutting the stone"

Litotomia ovvero del cavar la pietra, (Florence, 1707)
Author: ALGHISI, Tommaso (1669–1713) Artist: N/A

Alghisi was a renowned specialist and his book one of the great and authoritative books on lithotomy, the surgery to remove the bladder-stone. The excellent plates showing anatomical observations, operation positions of the patient and instruments, made this work a classic. One of the plates showing the Grand Appareil is famous, with the assistants retracting the scrotum of the patient and the operator holding the sound in his left hand and the lancet in his right.

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