Images from medieval medicine

There’s a new image database from UCLA cataloging medieval medical images. It’s an interesting little website, particularly if you’ve got an interest in art, history, or historical medicine. Some of the science is dead wrong (duh), but it’s pretty cool from a historical standpoint.

The Index of Medieval Medical Images project began in 1988 and aimed to describe and index the content of all medieval manuscript images (up to the year 1500) with medical components held in North American collections. The goal of this 2001 pilot project was to make a substantial sample of the images and descriptions available via a searchable database on the Web.

Try a search if you’re so inclined, or you can browse by subject.

As technology and science has progressed, our quality of life has improved and our lifespans have gotten longer, leading to different challenges as we live to be older and hopefully wiser.

[tags]Medicine, medieval, history, art[/tags]

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