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Harley 3667 f. 4v Life and Death
Life and Death
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Description: Drawing of standing men labelled, to the left 'Vita' (Life), above a figure labelled on his halo 'Mors' (Death) in a diagram used for calculating the duration and outcome of illnesses. The sum of the numerical value of a patient's name plus the number of the lunar day of the illness's inception and the result divided by thirty. If the resulting number fell in the realm of Christ / life, recovery was indicated, if Satan / death, then fatality. 
Origin: England, N. (Peterborough) 


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