Artatomical: The Service of the Eyes

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.