Frere Come's small single-bladed lithotane, curved, with spring handle for blade and bone handle, c. 1750
A lithotome is used to cut the bladder in order to remove stones (hard masses in the bladder). Frère Côme’s lithotome (1703-1781) is also known as a lithotome caché. Caché translates from French as “hidden”, meaning that the lithotome had a hidden blade. The blade was introduced into the bladder and then released using the spring handle. The surgeon controlled how far the blade moved – any errors could lead to internal bleeding and damage. This example is made from metal and has a bone handle.
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.