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Casebook of Charles Oxley, a medical student,1725 to 1726Casebook of Charles Oxley, a medical student,1725 to 1726Casebook of Charles Oxley, a medical student at St Thomas Hospital in 1725 to 1726.

These pages record an operation to remove bladder stones performed by a Mr. Paul that Oxley witnessed on March 27th 1725.

Oxley describes the operation in great detail, including the knives: “an edg’d knife about 2 inches long” to make the first incision, a “streight Edg’d knife” to carefully dilate the wound, and a “crook’d knife” with which to enter the bladder.

In order to clarify the distinction between the knives he includes a drawing of each.

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