Title A surgeon binding up a woman's arm after bloodletting. Oil painting by Jacob Toorenvliet, 1666.




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Physical description 1 painting : oil on copper ; copper 50.4 x 39.9 cm
References Corrado Lavini, Medicina ed arti figurative: due mondi affascinanti, un rapporto profondo e complesso, Modena 2009, p. 97 (reproduced)
Summary Bloodletting from a vein was recommended when the hot and the wet were considered excessive, either in the body as a whole or in a particular part of the body. The surgeon would typically pierce a vein with the tip of a lancet-blade, and collect the blood in a bowl. Two such bowls are shown on the table in the painting. The surgeon is either undoing a tourniquet which was used to collect the blood in the forearm, or bandaging the incision
Cite as Wellcome Library no. 44999i
Note Exhibited in "Medicine Man" at Wellcome Collection, 26 March - 4 November 2018
Lettering J Toorenvliet inventor et fecit A. 1666
Author, etc. Toornvliet, Jacob, 1635-1719.
Topic-LCSH Phlebotomy.
Tourniquets.
Surgeons.
Genre/Technique Oil paintings.
Copy photo no. V 17546
L 16891
L 16892
L 16277
V 17547 Detail: the surgeon and the patient
System no. .b12028113
Record no. 44999i