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Sick man in bed attended by two figures

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Title

Sick man in bed attended by two figures

Subject

Religion and Medicine
Patients
Physicians
Beds
Toilet Facilities
Incunabula
Book Illustrations

Description

Woodcut printed by Johann Grüninger, artist unknown.
Sick man lying in bed holding a stick, with chamber pot(?) on ground below. At the foot of the bed stand two figures, possibly a doctor holding a vessel of ointment(?) and a bearded monk(?) with prayer beads. Image appears to be a composite.
Title supplied by cataloger.

Source

Drawing heavily on Heinrich Steinhowel’s 1473 treatise on the plague, Brunschwig’s Pestbuch describes the origin of the plague, its communication, symptoms, prophylaxis and treatment. A surgeon, Brunschwig had witnessed the plague of 1473. Many of the 23 woodcut illustrations are only loosely related to the text, consist of composites, and reappear throughout the text and in other works printed by Gruninger.

Publisher

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

Date

1500

Contributor

Grüninger, Johann, -1532?

Identifier

ZDd_15_1500.6r

Temporal Coverage

History, Medieval

Original Format

1 print : woodcut

Physical Dimensions

9x17 cm

Citation

“Sick man in bed attended by two figures,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 20, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/237.