One of the Earliest Illustrated Medical Books Offers a Lens Into Medieval Health

posted on 14 Feb 2018


Our astrological signs today are most often used to forecast our near futures,  but in medieval times, the zodiac often dictated how medical practitioners treated their patients. Physicians consulted an illustrated nude figure whose body parts correspond to signs, and after calculating the phases of the moon, would decide whether they could safely draw blood from the region in question.

Known as the Zodiac Mac, this figure was one of the curious representations of man to appear in Fasciculus medicinae, one of the earliest printed, illustrated medical books. 

Read the full article on this link to the Hyperallergic website