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Illustrations Of A Clyster-Pipe And Its Use, In John of Arderne's 'Book Of Medicines'

Illustrations Of A Clyster-Pipe And Its Use, In John of Arderne's 'Book Of Medicines'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Additional MS 29301

Item number: f.14v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains several works, including a collection of recipes, charms, and surgical operations by John of Arderne; a series of drawings of medicinal plants; and a Middle English translation of a Latin medical treatise. John of Arderne (1307-1376) was the first English surgeon to achieve national and international fame. He attended English troops at various battles in the Hundred Years War, which gave him the exceptional opportunities to treat injuries and to study corpses anatomically. Looking rather like an oboe, the left margin shows a wooden clyster-pipe, and below this, its use; the liquid-filled bag at the end was usually made from a pig's bladder.

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