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Today's world of sophisticated diagnostic techniques has long left the matula behind. This glass flask was so commonly used by healers to inspect urine for its color, sediment and other gross properties that it remained the primary symbol of the medical profession for many centuries. The stethoscope, invented in 1816, ultimately took over as the badge of office for doctors and nurses.
Uroscopy, also spoken of as water casting, was the skill of making a diagnosis (or more importantly a prognosis) and prescribing therapy based on the evidence from the urine. When uroscopy was at its peak, few other diagnostic methods were available. Inspection of the urine became popular and theatrical, with art than science. Traveling uroscopists set up stands in villages. Customers could take a matula home in a wicker basket and then bring it back filled. The uroscopist would pompously 'examine' (view, smell, and taste) the urine, then prescribe and sell medicines. Money was likely to change hands.
Urological practitioners of Middle Ages distinguished some twenty different colors of urine observing quantity, clarity, deposits, and density of the urine.
Today physicians still examine urine - and its gross characteristics are now amplified by microscopes, microbiology labs, and genetic investigation. Still, the matula remains a colorful metaphor for thoughtful analysis of human conditions.
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