About This Item
Woman being bled by a barber surgeon
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.
Title from NLM catalog.
Original image in: Brunschwig, Hieronymus, approximately 1450-approximately 1512. Pestbuch (Strasbourg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 19 Aug. 1500). ZDd 15 1500 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
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.
Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Grüninger, Johann, -1532?
1 print : woodcut
7 x 8 cm
“Woman being bled by a barber surgeon,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed March 25, 2023, https://cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/247.