Harvard Health Blog
What causes kidney stones (and what to do)
By: Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA, Contributor Stone disease has plagued humanity since ancient times. Kidney stones have been identified in Egyptian mummies. The Hippocratic oath describes their treatment: “I will not use the knife, not even verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.” Who gets kidney stones and why?