Of all the things one could accumulate - a stone that has been up someone's bum would not be most people's first choice! But I came across this unexpected treasure not so long ago at Bart's Pathology Museum.
With a gleeful grin on his face, the museum's Learning Manager Steve Moore explained further. Apparently this specimen was once the property of a sailor who found it difficult to urinate. Medicine had no easy answer to this conundrum in 1886, and so he took to pushing a bottle up his rectum to help alleviate himself. One day he couldn't find his bottle and so greased up this stone instead.
Unfortunately the stone then got lost and was only located by a doctor willing to insert his arm inside the unfortunate gentleman, up to his elbow!!! I am now starting to feel a little queasy are you? Anyway, the stone was eventually retrieved through abdominal surgery and the man recovered.
Let's all learn a lesson from this one! And if I could steal it for my museum I certainly would...