Physician examining patient's urine

Physician examining patient's urine

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Caption: 16th century medicine. A physician examining the urine of a patient. Uroscopy was the diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions from the colour and clarity of the urine. The physician would use a special flask to collect the urine, then compare it with this chart in order to formulate a diagnosis. This comparison had to be done quickly, as the urine had to be at body temperature. Although in many respects primitive and inaccurate, it was the only non-invasive form of diagnosis for many centuries. This woodcut comes from 'Epiphanie medicorum' by Ulrich pinder, published in Nuremberg in 1506.

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Keywords: 1500s, 1506, 16th century, analysis, black, doctor, flask, hippocratic, history, illustration, mediaeval, medicine, monochrome, patient, physician, portrait, primitive, traditional, urine, uroscopy, vertical, white, woodcut

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