lithotomy

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lithotomy

[lə′thäd·ə·mē]
(medicine)
Surgical removal of a calculus.
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Some believe it supports the notion that the removal of stones was considered too lowly a craft for physicians, while others argue that lithotomists must have possessed a fair degree of skill, or Hippocrates would not have recommended that only practitioners of the craft perform the delicate surgery.
These early lithotomists were called "strollers" because they traveled from town to town performing surgeries.