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Woman being bled by a barber surgeon

About This Item

Title

Woman being bled by a barber surgeon

Subject

Bloodletting
Barber Surgeons
Incunabula
Book Illustrations

Description

Woodcut printed by Johann Grüninger, artist unknown.
A woman is seated in a chair with a bowl on her lap into which a stream of blood pours from her left arm. Her right arm hangs limp and she looks away as though she were about to faint, while the barber surgeon appears to be holding her to prevent her from falling.--Cf. NLM catalog.
Includes caption.
Title from NLM catalog.

Source

Drawing heavily on Heinrich Steinhowel’s 1473 treatise on the plague, Brunschwig’s Pestbuch describes the origin of the plague, its communication, symptoms, prophylaxis and treatment. A surgeon, Brunschwig had witnessed the plague of 1473. Many of the 23 woodcut illustrations are only loosely related to the text, consist of composites, and reappear throughout the text and in other works printed by Gruninger.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1500

Contributor

Grüninger, Johann, -1532?

Language

ger

Type

StillImage

Identifier

ZDd_15_1500.25v

Temporal Coverage

History, Medieval

Original Format

1 print : woodcut

Physical Dimensions

7 x 8 cm

Citation

“Woman being bled by a barber surgeon,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed June 22, 2024, https://cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/247.