juices, <s>seem to <\s> do in some measure favour this hypothesis. I hope, Sir, you will be so kind to give me your thoughts on this Phaenomenon of Nature. I shall esteem it as a sure and infallible Oracle, and I shall bring to it, as to a fix’d point, every conjecture and Idea that such a novelty can give rise to. I thought proper to join to the figure of the Stone, the account of the Patient’s distemper, in whose bladder it was found; as Mr Salien Surgeon of L’Isle in the County <u>Venaissin <\u> has sent it to me. The fact ofitself examin’d with such philosophical Eyes as yours, Sir, cannot fail of appearing curious. And moreover, <s>the<\s> skilfull Lithotomists may reap some advantage <s>from <\s> by it for perfecting their Operations. For allowing the possibility of Calculi of a Conformation somewhat like this, such they may judge of by knowing the <s>Size <\s> bulk of ye Stone, they will understand, that in such a case no other method but that of the high Operation can <s>favour <\s> facilitate the Extraction of an extraneous body, whole branches cannot fail causing considerable Lacerations: unless they found some favourable Circumstances, and that the contexture of it were brittle eno’ to break it before its being extracted.
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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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