Because of the high mortality of surgical intervention, all sought a simple medical cure for urinary tract obstruction.
mid eighteenth-century urinals
One of the earliest urinals became popular in early French churches. A Jesuit priest named Louis Bordeloue (1632-1704) gave a most beautiful and lengthy sermon, so lengthy in fact that young ladies passed around a female urinal, now called a “bordeloue” in his honor, so that they might not miss his oratory. Some believe that this is the origin for the term "loo". (left): floral ceramic for males, (right): Bordeloue for females