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Illustrations Of Anal Fistula And Its Surgical Treatment, In John of Arderne's 'Treatise On Fistula'

Illustrations Of Anal Fistula And Its Surgical Treatment, In John of Arderne's 'Treatise On Fistula'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Additional MS 29301

Item number: f.25r

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. An anal fistula is a particularly painful condition, which may have been common among knights who had to sit on horseback for long hours in wet, cold, conditions, wearing heavy armour. John of Arderne's treatment is illustrated in the upper register, using the neatly labelled instruments in the lower register.

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