Lithotrite by Charriere a Paris C 1860

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A beautifully constructed lithotrite invented and made by Charriere (Paris) which is referred to in Harold Thompson’s 1863 paper on Lithotomy and Lithotrity as “The modern French Screw lithotrite”.

The particular advantage of this instrument was the ability to apply crushing force on a stone using both a screw mechanisms, and by rotating the brass release mechanism also by percussion. “The desideratum referred to has however been supplied by M Charriere, the well know surgical mechanist of Paris in the very ingeniously devised lithotrite …”

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