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Medieval Surgical Procedures

c.1300

Surgical procedures

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    This illustrated medieval manuscript shows a surgical procedure for fixing a broken skull. This is accompanied by a text describing Christ's life. The contrast between these two subjects (medical and religious) may hint at the fact that both surgeon and patient would have prayed for help from God! Although it is impossible to know how many of these kinds of operations were successful, the discovery of medieval skulls that have been knitted together after the treatment of an injury, suggests that not all patients with traumatic head wounds would have died.

     

    Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1977, f.2.

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