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The Preparation Of Medicines; An Operation On The Head; And Cautery Points, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

The Preparation Of Medicines; An Operation On The Head; And Cautery Points, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.91v

Length: 31.3

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript lists herbs and other plants, animals, and birds, and their medicinal uses. Each is illustrated, but the representations were apparently copied from other manuscripts, rather than from life (it would usually be very difficult to identify the subjects of the miniatures without the aid of the text). This manuscript is related to several others, which seem to have been made in the north of England, perhaps Durham. The four miniatures show a doctor instructing an assistant on how to prepare medicine; two doctors operating on the head of a patient whose hands are tied behind his back; and two images of a doctor and patients with cautery points marked on their heads and bodies.

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