Medival surgeon’s iphone

47B09A58-8A49-48AE-B2D8-4E7C45B713D6These pages are part of a medieval surgical manual written by the 14th-century surgeon Jan Yperman. It describes in detail how to treat various wounds and illnesses. It also shows, however, what instruments needed to be used. For a compound fracture of the leg, for example, the jagged-edged scissors in the image were recommended. And each incision came with its own curly knife on a stick, of course. The book’s dimensions, which is about the size of an iPhone, suggests it was carried around by a 15th-century surgeon on his way to his patients. Break a leg. Or rather, better not. 😉

Reference:
http://www.mmdc.nl/static/site/highlights/357/Flemish_surgical_instruments.html

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