Medieval Surgery

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The medieval origins of current medical practice continue to be a subject of great interest. Tony Hunt has undertaken pioneer work in this field, and now presents, for the first time, the complete set of illustrations which accompany a 13th-century Anglo-Norman translation of Roger of Parma's Surgery (c. 1180), which was the first original treatise on surgery to be written in the medieval West. His commentary on the illustrations relates the drawings precisely to the sections of text they illustrate and thus provides more accurate identification of the different medical treatments depicted by the artist than has previously been the case. These distinctive drawings, almost without parallel in 13th-century England, show a consummate medical illustrator at work, uniquely combining technical, aesthetic and psychological interests. While the illustrations, which were added after the manuscript had been executed, performed a useful function as guide-marks to the contents of the surgical treatise, they are above all an intriguing and delightful monument to an anonymous artist of rare technical accomplishment. It is not only students of medicine who will find much of interest in these early pictorial representations of the medieval pharmacy and the range of therapeutic treatments covered by the surgeon in an age which had not yet produced any clear demarcation between surgery and general medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851153247
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 120

Table of Contents

1 Consultation for Headwound 3
2 Damage to the Cerebral Membrane and View of Dispensary 4
3 The Dispensary 7
4 Gauging the Size of a Headwound 9
5 Examining and Cleansing a Headwound 10
6 Test for Cranial Fracture 13
7 Cranial Fissure 15
8 The Dispensary 17
9 A Home Visit 19
10 Cranial Injury 21
11 A View of the Dispensary 23
12 Nasal Injuries 25
13 Removal of Arrow from Headwound 27
14 Removal of Barbed Arrow 29
15 Treatment for Tinea 31
16 The Dispensary 33
17 Treatment of Scrofulous Sores 35
18 Unspecified Operation 37
19 Treatment of Scrofulous Sores 39
20 Treatment for External Worm 41
21 An Exploratory Operation 43
22 Ligature of Neckwound 45
23 The Dispensary 47
24 Leucoma 49
25 Treatment in the Dispensary 51
26 Eye Injury 53
27 Fistula 55
28 Examination of Nasal Growth 57
29 The Dispensary 59
30 Nasal Polyp 61
31 Treatment of Facial Tumours 63
32 The Dispensary 65
33 The Dispensary 67
34 Dislocation of the Jaw? 69
35 Fistula 71
36 Toothache and Facial Spots 73
37 Morphew 75
38 The Dispensary 77
39 Ear-ache 79
40 Ear-ache 81
41 Ligature of Neckwound 83
42 Throatwound 85
43 Swelling in the Kidneys 87
44 The Dispensary 89
45 Scrofulous Sores in the Throat 91
46 Inspection of the Throat 93
47 Throat Inspection 95
48 The Dispensary 97
49 Fistula 99
50 Doctor 101
Bibliography 103
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