Ralph Jackson and Nils Fietje explore ancient Roman medicine, surgery and understanding of the body, with discussions about where the Romans got their information from and vivid, eye-watering detail of surgical procedures.
The object unveiled at the event was a Roman surgical tool, designed for cutting out bladder stones – a procedure called lithotomy. One end is a scoop, with a smooth surface on the outside and a roughened surface on the inside. The other end is slotted, and you can see a small remnant of iron where a blade would have been.
See the object
The lithotomy tool is from the Wellcome Collection at the Science Museum, reference number A622584.
This event was recorded live at Wellcome Collection on 11 July 2012.