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- Virtual Renaissance: University of Padua:
Enter, enter! We are so glad you decided to drop by the renowned University of Padua, Italy. I, Luca Niccolo, will be your guide
today. We have much to discuss and see so please, come in, come in!
- Virtual Renaissance: Barber Shop:
My name is Antonio. Do you wish to have your hair cut or do you
need some surgery performed. As you can see, we do it all. The
doctors and surgeons of our time seem to have one solution to
everything - surgery. They think that almost anything can be
cured with surgery, be it a toothache, a large infection, or a
broken bone, it means time to find the barber. Oh, did I mention
that most of our towns don't even have a doctor or a surgeon?
Here, at least in our town, surgery is actually the barber's
job. Even worse, our barber performs his surgery with some of the
same instruments he uses to cut the commoners' hair.
- Plague andPublic Health in Renaissance Europe:
This project involves the creation of a hypertext archive of
narratives, medical consilia, governmental records, religious
and spiritual writings and images documenting the arrival,
impact and response to the problem of epidemic disease in Western
Europe between 1348 and 1530.
When completed researchers will be able to follow themes and issues geographically across Europe in any given time period or
chronologically from the first cases of bubonic plague in 1348
to the early sixteenth century.
- Barber Pole:
The barber pole as a symbol of the profession is a legacy of
bloodletting. The barber surgeon's necessities for that curious
custom were a staff for the patient to grasp (so the veins on the
arm would stand out sharply), a basin to hold leeches and catch
blood, and a copious supply of linen bandages. After the operation
was completed, the bandages would be hung on the staff and
sometimes placed outside as advertisement. Twirled by the wind,
they would form a red and white spiral pattern that was later adopted
for painted poles. The earliest poles were surmounted by a leech
basin, which in time was transformed into a ball.
- Univ. of Paris: Course in Medicine, 1270-1274
- Medieval Sourcebook:
Paul of Aegina: Epitome - On The Fracture of the Thigh and Nose
- Ancient Medicine / Medicina Antiqua:
A resource for the study of Greco-Roman medicine and medical
thought from Mycenaean times until the fall of the Roman Empire.
- Francois de LaPeyronie:
Francois de LaPeyronie was the son of a `stone cutting' barber
surgeon. His name was apt, as LaPeyronie literally means `the
little stone'. His mother, Elisabeth Subreville, was deeply
religious and ensured a strict Jesuit upbringing for her son.
He was born in Montpellier in 1678 and grew up in a land torn by
religious war. However, this was also a great time of prosperity
for the French nation which was emerging as one of the leading
world centers for both science and medicine.
- The Medical Leech
The Medical Leech Museum uses the fascinating medicinal leech to
trace the social history of medicine from the days of the
barber-surgeon to modern times. Since the pre-Roman period the
surgeon was also the barber and his universal treatment was
bloodletting. The unusually high standard of decorative arts
displayed in this world unique Museum is a pleasant surprise to
all visitors. Exhibits range from live leeches to paintings and
porcelain as well as to bloodletting instruments. Fine art at
its best, but not for the squeamish!
- Paolo di Dono:
The son of Dono di Paolo, surgeon and barber, and Antonia di
Giovanni del Beccuto, was not only a wonderful painter, rightly
acclaimed over the centuries, but also an extremely original and
rather "different" artist in the Florence that was awakening to the Renaissance: it is not at all surprising that his work, the result
of the empiric and alternating directions of his continuous experimentation, contains many singular simularities that have
been compared with the Cubist and Surrealist schools of this century.
- Midwives Bibliography
- Medical Bibliography
- Medieval Terms
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