Observations of a bladder stone taken from a dead man by the Marquis de Caumont to Hans Sloane

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                                IV. <s>(Translation from the french of)<\s>
A letter from the Marquis de Caumont 
to Sir Hans Sloane, Bart, President of the 
Royal Society of England, containing the Des 
cription of a very extraordinary Stone or <u>calculus <\u> taken out of the 
Bladder of a Man after death, translated from the french by Tho.
Stack, M.D. F.R.S.
Dated at Avignon: June 30: 1732.
Sir, You have an indisputable Right over all 
the Wonders of Nature. They have in some manner 
recourse to your Tribunal: for where can they be 
examined with such judgement? This is my motive 
for communicating to you the figure of an uncommon 
Stone found lately in the bladder of a dead Body,
which I had engraved in my own presence . Tis exactly 
conformable to the Original. The most able Physicians 
and the best Anatomists, whom I have consulted on 
this Subject, assure me they never saw any thing like 
it of the kind. I can vouch that the Engraving tho’ 
very exact, does not come up to this singular work of 
Nature; the ten branches of which, that depart from 
the Center, have some resemblance with those of certain 
plants. It is a matter of difficulty to me to think that 
the System of Juxt-Apposition, which is employ’d to explain 
the successive growth of common stones or Calculi,
can hold good on this occasion. I dare not however 
advance, that Vegetation has any share herein: tho’ 
the shapes of the branches of the Stone, of the <s>Pipes <\s> Canals,
or <s>Nipples <\s> Papillae, which <s>appear <\s> seem destined to convey the nutritious juices 
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Joseph de Seytres , Hans Sloane
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Observations of a bladder stone taken from a dead man by the Marquis de Caumont to Hans Sloane, 1732. From The Royal Society, CLP/12ii/59



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