Anesthesia, anyone?

ON THIS DAY…

…IN 1658, the surgeon Thomas Hollier removed a tennis ball-size bladder stone from famous English diarist Samuel Pepys. The operation was conducted without anesthetics and required restraining Pepys with ropes and four strong men. Hollier removed the stone with pincers through a three-inch incision along the perineum. Pepys made a good recovery and, each year for the rest of his life, held a celebration on the anniversary of the operation.

4 thoughts on “Anesthesia, anyone?

  1. bc says:

    Nobody commented, but I’m compelled to comment on this myself.
    Reading about an un-medicated 3″ perineal incision made my twat seize up, and not in a good way, either.

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  2. bc says:

    I made the mistake of mentioning this last night in the sack with Pharmer Bob. Took rather a while to recover, if you know what I mean. What was I thinking?

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  3. mairmair says:

    1) My brain can’t get any kind of hold on this – at all. I stubbed my toe earlier and screamed like a Banshi.
    2) What exactly is a diarist?
    3) I know a family named Pepys. How many people in the universe can there be named Pepys?? They have to be related, right?

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