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J R Soc Med. 2004 July; 97(7): 317.
PMCID: PMC1079521

Case II

One Gibbs, the wife of a coal-porter in this place, had long complained of violent pain in the bladder, with other symptoms of a stone but met with little compassion, because suspected of idleness, rather than of having any real disorder. She afterwards proved with child, and endured great torment all the time of gestation, till she fell in labour, when the midwife being called, was surprized to find a hard body presenting before the head of the child. She did not know how to act upon this occasion, but the patient's circumsstances not permitting her to employ a male practitioner, patience was the only remedy she had to support her through a long and painful labour. At last the midwife felt something come away, and upon examination, found it was a stone of the shape and size of a goose's gizzard, weighing five or six ounces, which she afterwards gave to doctor Waller of Cambridge. The child followed immediately after it was discharged, and proved to be a boy, who is now a Blacksmith in London, about twenty-eight or thirty years of age. The woman recovered very well, but was troubled with an involuntary emission of urine; she afterwards bore a daughter and lived several years, until she was shot by accident, at a gentleman's house in this town.


Communicated by Mr. Archdeacon, Surgeon at St. Neots, in a letter dated Sept. 19, 1747.

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