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Chirurgia Practica by Roger of Salerno

Anglo-Norman, early 13th century

Rogerius (before 1140 – c. 1195), also known as Roger of Salerno, brought academic respectability to the discipline of surgery through this hugely popular work on the subject. Chirurgia Practica or The Practice of Surgery was actually compiled by his students from his lecture notes c.1180.

The text describes various activities of the medieval dispensary, where remedies were prepared and applied, diagnoses made and surgeries performed by the doctor and his assistants. Trinity’s copy is illustrated throughout with finely executed scenes of medical preparations as well as rather hair-raising portrayals of surgical procedures.


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