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Romans did surgery to remove kidney stone

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Roman surgery
Roman surgery

Ancient Romans performed kidney stone surgery. This was described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus in his treatise “De medeicina”. He described there lithotripsy – crushing kidney and ureter stones.

The surgeon used a tool similar to an iron chisel; one end was attached to the stone still in the bladder, and in the second he struck gently with a hammer.

Sources
  • Aulus Cornelius, De medeicina

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