Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst

The History of Medicine Collections has mounted 107 slides of 91 woodcuts from Georg Bartisch’s Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst [Dresden: Matthes Stoeckel] 1583. Two of the woodcuts (anatomy of the head and eye) have multiple movable superimposed flaps. The Trent copy is one of three or four known contemporary handcolored copies of the first edition. Dr. George O. D. Rosenwasser (Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University) has photographed the woodcuts which are believed to have been executed by Hans Hewamaul after Bartisch’s own drawings. Bartisch is considered the founder of modern ophthalmology. He had no formal education as a physician, but served three apprenticeships in surgery, developed a substantial practice with an excellent reputation, and became the court oculist to Duke Augustus I of Saxony in 1588. The Ophthalmodouleia is the first ophthalmic textbook in the German language rather than Latin or Greek, the first Renaissance work on eye surgery, and the first to establish a surgical subspecialty. Bartisch printed the work at his own expense. The Ophthalmodouleia was recently published as part of Julius Hirschberg’s The History of Ophthalmology in an English translation by Donald L. Blanchard, M.D., complete with facsimile handcolored illustrations. A portion of this collection is available for viewing in our online exhibit. Property of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library's History of Medicine Collections, Durham, NC. Photographed by Dr. George O. D. Rosenwasser.

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Strabismic Eyes

1583
Strabismic eyes. male with hood 1. l. 15 recto from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Strabismic Eyes

1583
Strabismic eyes. male with hood 2. l. 16 recto from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

George Bartisch Portrait

1583
George Bartisch portrait. pl. 28 verson from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Tesitimonials

1583
Testimonials & references. pl. 13 recto from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Dresden Coat of Arms

1583
Dresden coat of arms. pl 27 verso from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Biblical Quotations

1583
Biblical quotations. pl. 13 verso from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Dedication

1583
Dedication & patron's coat of arms. pl. 2 recto from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Manuscript Notes

1583
Manuscript notes. pl. 1 verso from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.
 

Title Page

1583
Title page. pl. 1 recto from Ophthalmolouleia; das ist, Augendienst
 

Anatomy of Head

1583
Anatomy of head. l. 5 recto level 6 from Ophthalmodouleia; das ist, Augendienst.