Lithotomy, A Thesis

Scope and Content

The title page reads 'Lithotomy, a thesis maintained publickly in the Amphitheatre of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris 1812 by G Dupuytren, Professor in Surgery, Chief Assistant Surgeon at the Hotel-Dieu of Paris, Chief Anatomist of the Faculty, Paris'. A note in the front indicates that this English translation was created by Barlow and was donated to the Manchester Medical Society in 1880 and subsequently allocated the reference Q 1020 viz. their 1890 library catalogue. The information printed on the spine of the new binding mistakenly attributes the translation to 'G. Barlow'. Folios 72-172 are blank and ff.1-11 are a tabbed index pages, which are also blank.

The thesis is split into three parts: an introduction, section 1, and section 2.

Section 1 is concerned with lithotomy in men and deals with, in order, anatomical considerations, method by incision of the neck of the bladder without conductor, method by dilation of the neck of the bladder, method by incision of the neck of the bladder upon a catheter, incision of the external parts of the urethra, incision of the neck of the bladder, extraction of the stone, accidents of the operation, method by incision of the body of the bladder under the pubis, method by incision of the body of the bladder above the pubis, first procedure, second procedure, third procedure, observations in this method.

Section 2 is concerned with the operation of lithotomy as performed on women and deals with, in order, anatomical considerations, method by dilation of the neck of the bladder, method by incision of the neck of the bladder, method by incision directed towards the symphysis pubis, method by incision of the body of the bladder above the pubis, on vesico-vaginal fistulas and vaginal lithotomy.