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Wound Man
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The Wound Man is a surgical diagram which first appeared in European medical manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The illustration acted as an annotated table of contents to guide the reader through various injuries and diseases whose related cures could be found on the text's nearby pages. The image first appeared in a printed book in 1491 when it was included in the Venetian Fasciculus medicinae, likely Europe's first printed medical miscellany. Thereafter it circulated widely in printed books until well into the seventeenth century. The Wound Man has since become a recognisable figure in popular culture.



It lays out schematically the various wounds a person might suffer in battle or in accidents, often with surrounding or accompanying text stating treatments for the various injuries.

Publication history

It first appeared in print in Johannes de Ketham's Fasciculus Medicinae (Venice, 1492) and was used often in surgical texts throughout the sixteenth century and even into the seventeenth century.

Author Hans von Gersdorff (Fieldbook of Wound Surgery) published it in Strasbourg in 1519.

This version[1] is found in a book by Ambroise Paré.


In the 1980 novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, it is mentioned that Will Graham was tipped off to the fact that Hannibal Lecter was a murderer from this diagram as well as a further reference by the character Clarice Starling in the sequel novel "Hannibal".


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