Artatomical: The Service of the Eyes


'Augendienst' by George Bartisch Image via NOVA

Here's a slice of artatomical wonder to speed along your post-Thanksruption recovery. I came across this image in Anna Rothschild's "Gross History" video on ancient cataract surgery (embedded below) and it stems from German surgeon George Bartisch's 16th century work "Augendienst" or "The Service of the Eyes." As Rothschild points out, however, this particular image is far from "ancient" as our earliest records of cataract surgeries date back to the Indian doctor Su?ruta, who lived in the period of 1200-600 BCE.

Artatomical is a continuing exploration of that place where anatomy and art converge, sometimes in the form of medical illustration.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.