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Medieval surgeon’s manual
These pages are part of a medieval surgical manual written by the 14th-century surgeon Jan Yperman. It describes in detail how to treat various wounds and illnesses. So far so good. It also shows, however, what instruments needed to be used. For a compound fracture of the leg, for example, the jagged-edged scissors in the top image were recommended. And each incision came with its own curly knife on a stick, of course - as shown in the lower image. What’s more, this book-knowledge was by no means theoretical. The book’s dimensions, which is about the size of an iPhone, suggests it was carried around by a 15th-century surgeon on his way to his patients. Break a leg. Or rather, better not.
Pic: Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, MS 3094 (1475-1500). More about the manuscript here.
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