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Urine tasting. Bloodletting. Plague. The life of a 15th- and 16th-century doctor wasn’t always savory, but it was never dull — and it was made easier with a groundbreaking anatomy book.

The book, Fasciculus Medicinae, was a guide to all things medical, including treating wounds and diagnosing complications in pregnant women. Now, thanks to an online exhibition from the New York Academy of Medicine, you can delve into its sometimes bizarre take on medicine at a critical moment for the profession.

“Facendo Il Libro: The Making of Fasciculus Medicinae, an Early Printed Anatomy” takes readers on a tour of one of medicine’s most influential texts. It was first printed in 1491 by a pair of Venetian brothers who brought together a group of medical treatises and added illustrations.

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