The Healing Arts: Heelmeester & Kopster.


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Heelmeester. Cornelius Dusart, Laid, 1695. Subject: Barber Surgeons, Rural Medicine.

Heelmeester. Cornelius Dusart, Laid, 1695. Subject: Barber Surgeons, Rural Medicine.

Kopster. Cornelius Dusart, Laid, 1695. Subject: Village Doctors, Phlebotomy, Bleeding Cups, Rural Medicine.

Kopster. Cornelius Dusart, Laid, 1695. Subject: Village Doctors, Phlebotomy, Bleeding Cups, Rural Medicine.

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  1. jazzlet says

    Hanging odd animals from your ceiling seems to have been a thing healers and alchemists did, a sort of sign of authority or authenticity ‘Look at my … I’m the real deal!’. If you look back we have already had a crocodile and a fat fish that I remember, probably more, because my memory is crap.

  2. jazzlet says

    I guess because it was exotic? Why a crocodile?

    I’m failing to remember where I saw something about an alchemist’s crocodile that was stolen by another alchemist, which I think had something about why they did it. Pretty sure I saw it within the last month, but I’ve no idea where.

  3. busterggi says

    Caine @ 5 -- Is THAT what it is?

    These folks didn’t appreciate good road kill.

  4. says

    Busterggi:

    It certainly looks like an armadillo. Perhaps whoever sold it to the Heelmeester told him it was a crocodile.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    After a bit of wikipedestrianism, I found out that Surinam had become a Dutch colony in 1667, and at least the nine-banded armadillo lives in Suriname, possibly also others. To the European eye, the armadillo looks like a weird beast, even now.

  6. Ice Swimmer says

    Also/OTOH, the Dutch had colonies in the same part of South America even before 1667, Berbice and Essequibo in present-day Guyana were founded in 1620s.

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