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Leper

About This Item

Title

Leper

Subject

Leprosy
Book Illustrations

Description

Woodcut attributed to Johann Ulrich Wechtlin; printed by Johann Schott.--Cf. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/historicalanatomies/gersdorff_bio.html
Hand-colored.
An old man covered in lesions, possibly from leprosy, is attended by a woman. She says, "Bene die deo, et morere." A winged creature with a bird's beak flies above them. The sun shines behind them.
Title supplied by cataloger.

Creator

Wechtlin, Johann Ulrich, active 16th century

Source

Feldtbůch der Wundtartzney, Hans von Gersdorff's fieldbook of surgery, was first published in 1517 in Strasbourg. The work proved to be a popular surgical text and is especially well-known for its instructions on limb amputation. The illustrations, hand-colored in this copy, are attributed to Johann Ulrich Wechtlin and include the first printed image of an amputation.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1517

Contributor

Schott, Johann, 1477-1548

Language

ger

Type

StillImage

Identifier

Ea_220.m6r

Original Format

1 print : hand-colored woodcut

Physical Dimensions

20 x 13 cm

Citation

Wechtlin, Johann Ulrich, active 16th century, “Leper,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed May 16, 2021, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/2188.