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Old 06-26-2017, 06:30 PM
griffin1977 griffin1977 is offline
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Originally Posted by bob++ View Post
Sam Pepys had a stone he size of a tennis ball removed from his bladder by Thomas Hollier of St. Thomas's and Bart's on March 26, 1658.
Wow! I wonder what the survival rate on that surgery was? I'm not a doctor (and never had a bladder stone) but I guess while having a bladder stone like that is very unpleastant and painful, it wouldn't be lethal.

I am guessing there is a lot of survivor bias in these descriptions, in the many cases where the patient died during the surgery or afterward from infection, it was simply blamed on fate. Where as if they survived and got better, the doctor would claim success even if their intervention had nothing to do with it.