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Illustrations Of A Monk And Cases Of Anal Fistula, In John of Arderne's 'Treatise On Practical Medicine'

Illustrations Of A Monk And Cases Of Anal Fistula, In John of Arderne's 'Treatise On Practical Medicine'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1425

Shelfmark: Additional MS 29301

Item number: f.30r

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. The text on this page describes several case histories of John of Arderne's patients, some of whom had many fistulae.

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