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Here's a 15th century illustration of an English surgical procedure. Fun!

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  1. oh man, internet, thou givest so generously of thyself.  Between this and f*ckyeahvintageillustration, my damn life is complete.

  2. So medieval gravity worked differently, or did they give the scrotum a shot of helium before cutting?

  3. I remember reading something on how monks and scribes (the distinction blurs quite a bit in the middle ages) had a tendency to put inappropriate images, text, etc. in the margins of the manuscripts they were writing. Stuff like ‘this room is cold and my hand hurts’, gossip about other scribes, that sort of thing.  This reminds me a bit of the same thing.

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