Dr. W. A. Dudley's Lithomeldor

Dr. W. A. Dudley's Lithomeldor

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The inscription in the lid of this device reads “DR. W. A. DUDLEY’S / LITHOMELDOR / FOR DISSOLVING AND REMOVING HUMAN CALCULI / WITHOUT THE USE OF THE KNIFE. PETERSBURG, VA.” William A. Dudley (1830-1902) was a physician in Petersburg, Va., and a Unionist during the Civil War. He probably submitted this item along with his patent application.
Ref: William A. Dudley, “Apparatus for Removing Calculi,” U.S. Patent 30,471 (Oct. 23, 1860).
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Object Name
Kit, Calcium Removal
lithomeldor, patent model
surgical instrument
Other Terms
Kit, Calcium Removal; Surgery
overall: 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 26.3525 cm x 9.2075 cm
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National Museum of American History
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