Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: kidney stones

  • John Douglas of the “high” stone operation

    Instruments used by John Douglas for the “high operation.” From Eric Riches, The History of Lithotomy and Lithotrity, January 24, 1967, p. 193. John Douglas was born in 1675 in Baads near Edinburgh. He had six brothers, the most famous being the anatomist James Douglas, remembered eponymously for describing the Pouch of Douglas (an extension…

  • The iron crab

    Sean VarnerBaltimore, Maryland, United States You only live twice:Once when you are bornAnd once when you look death in the face.— Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice In 1955 the thriller writer Ian Fleming traveled to Istanbul for an Interpol conference, which at first he found “spectacularly dull.”1 This was to change dramatically on the…