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Partial nephrectomy.

Graves, John. Wolcott.

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Dr. F. T. Graves lectures about a method of treating renal stones by partial nephrectomy and gives the scientific facts on which the operation is based. Firstly, Graves recounts his interest in this procedure; in 1952 having encountered two separate operations where the removal of a kidney stone has led to complications and the removal of the entire kidney (there are interesting establishing shots of a London street and views across the rooftops of London). Then, considering historical medical literature, he talks about the difficulty of this procedure versus the discomfort it produces (referring to Hippocrates, Pepys and Napoleon). Ultimately, understanding the architecture of the renal system and planning the operation is important in the success of the procedure. Graves uses models and medical illustrations to enliven his discourse.


England, c.1979.

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1 encoded moving image (31:30 mins.) : sound, colour.



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Wellcome Trust 2016.


Graves Medical Audiovisual Library was founded by husband and wife team Drs John and Valerie Graves in 1957 as an educational activity of the College of General Practitioners (from 1972 the Royal College of General Practitioners). It soon became the premier organisation supplying audiovisual materials for all the medical and paramedical professions in the UK. Initially it was mainly associated with tape-slide programmes, but by the mid-1980s video programmes also became a major medium.

More material relating to the Graves Medical Audiovisual Library is in the Wellcome Library reference SA/GMR.

One of several films created as a result of the research work carried out by F. T. (Frederick Thomas) Graves between 1952 and 1986 at University College Hospital, Kings College Hospital and Staffordshire General Infirmary. F. T. Graves was the brother of John Graves (1923-1980) who set up the Graves Medical Audiovisual Library with his wife Valerie.

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Produced by Bears Incorporated. Photography, Artwork and Production by F. T. Graves.


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