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Medieval urine wheel

Medieval urine wheel. Labelled in Latin, this 15th century diagram shows some of the possible colours of urine (outer edge of circle) to help doctors diagnose urine-related diseases. Artwork from Fasciculus Medicinae, a collection of medieval medical manuscripts, published in Europe, that date from 1491

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1491 15th Century Circle Circular Colour Colours Device Diagnostic Diagnostics Diagram Fasciculus Medicinae History Of Medicine Latin Mediaeval Medieval Middle Ages Round Strong Urine Urology Weak Discoloured False Coloured Health Care


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This 15th century artwork, known as the Medieval Urine Wheel, offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of medieval medicine. Labelled in Latin and originating from Europe, this circular diagram showcases various shades of urine that were used by doctors to diagnose urine-related diseases during that era. The outer edge of the circle presents an array of possible colors, each representing different health conditions. With its intricate design and historical significance, this artwork is part of the renowned Fasciculus Medicinae collection – a compilation of medieval medical manuscripts published in 1491. It serves as a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of physicians in their quest for understanding human health centuries ago. The Medieval Urine Wheel was an indispensable tool for medical practitioners who relied on visual cues to assess patients' well-being. From strong to weak hues, discolored or false-colored samples could provide valuable insights into potential ailments affecting individuals. As we contemplate this remarkable piece today, it reminds us not only of our progress in modern healthcare but also highlights how far we have come since the Middle Ages. This artifact stands as a testament to our enduring fascination with history's impact on medicine and serves as a reminder that even seemingly unconventional methods can contribute significantly to scientific advancements over time.

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