Opera Omnia Medica & Chirurgica

In the space where pictures of patients are often found, Botallo’s title page instead features a small vignette representing the cycle of life - from conception, as depicted by a copulating couple on the right, to the end of life embodied by the corpse laying on the table, attended by a nurse. Rather than representing patient care or medical instruction, the image on Botallo’s title page focuses instead on a symbolic theme. The setting remains accurate to the time period.

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