Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Depiction of Human Dissection, 1363

Doing an at-work stock art search today (on a totally unrelated topic) I came across the wonderful image above. Caption reads: "French Manuscript Illumination of a Public Dissection by the Faculty of Montpellier From Guy de Chauliac's Chirurgia Magna, 1363." Chauliac was, apparently, a renowned surgeon of the Middle Ages, with a patient roster inluding a string of Popes.

1 comment:

Emily said...

Guy de Chauliac was pretty remarkable. He was one of the few doctors who didn't flee the plague. Predictably, he contracted the disease. He lived through it, and during his recovery, he wrote down in detail, his symptoms and their progression. It was a fascinating example of early empiricism.