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The Physicians Visit and a Consultation with the Apothecary: woodcut from a Spanish translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus De proprietatibus rerum, published at Toulouse, 1494

The Physicians Visit and a Consultation with the Apothecary: woodcut from a Spanish translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus De proprietatibus rerum, published at Toulouse, 1494


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The Physicians Visit and a Consultation with the Apothecary: woodcut from a Spanish translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus De proprietatibus rerum, published at Toulouse, 1494

PHYSICAN & PATIENT, 1494.
The Physicians Visit and a Consultation with the Apothecary: woodcut from a Spanish translation of Bartholomaeus Anglicus De proprietatibus rerum, published at Toulouse, 1494

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1494 Apothecary Bedroom Consultation Container Drug Glass House Call Illness Medicine Patient Pharmacy Spanish Uroscopy Urine


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This woodcut print from 1494 takes us back to the medieval era, providing a glimpse into a physician's visit and consultation with an apothecary. The scene is set in an intimate interior space, possibly a bedroom, where the patient lies on a bed while being attended to by two men. The physician, distinguished by his French hat and attire, engages in conversation with the apothecary who holds a container of medicine. The attention to detail in this artwork is remarkable. Every element tells a story - from the pharmacy shelves filled with various jars and containers holding medicinal herbs and substances, to the urine sample prominently displayed on the table for uroscopic analysis. This depiction highlights not only the importance of observation but also emphasizes how medical diagnoses were often based on bodily fluids during that time. The woodcut technique used here adds depth and texture to each figure as well as intricate patterns adorning their clothing. It transports us back centuries ago when house calls were common practice and patients relied heavily on these knowledgeable individuals for their healthcare needs. As we admire this historical piece of art, it serves as a reminder of how far medicine has come since then. Yet it also prompts us to appreciate our modern advancements while acknowledging the foundations laid by those dedicated physicians and apothecaries who paved the way for today's medical practices.

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