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Woodcut attributed to Johann Ulrich Wechtlin; printed by Johann Schott.--Cf. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/gersdorff_bio.html
The amputation of a man's leg. One surgeon holds the man's leg above a bucket and another uses a saw to cut the leg. A man with an amputated hand stands behind the patient.
First printed picture of an amputation.--Cf. Garrison-Morton (5th ed.), 5560.
Wechtlin, Johann Ulrich, active 16th century
Original image in: Gersdorff, Hans von, -1529. Feldtbůch der Wundtartzney (Strassburg : Durch Joannem Schott, 1517). Ea 220 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Feldtbůch der Wundtartzney, Hans von Gersdorff's fieldbook of surgery, was first published in 1517 in Strasbourg. The work proved to be a popular surgical text and is especially well-known for its instructions on limb amputation. The illustrations, hand-colored in this copy, are attributed to Johann Ulrich Wechtlin and include the first printed image of an amputation.
Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Schott, Johann, 1477-1548
1 print : hand-colored woodcut
20 x 13 cm
Wechtlin, Johann Ulrich, active 16th century, “Serratura,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed September 24, 2023, https://cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/2187.