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The eyes have it

German physician Georg Bartisch (1535–1607) was both ahead of his time and a product of his time. On the one hand he was a knowledgeable surgeon who closely observed the human body; on the other he believed that disease was a punishment from God.

Words by Kate Wilkinson

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Kate Wilkinson

Kate is a Digital Editor for Wellcome Collection. When not submerged in a book, she can be found walking or practising Spanish. Sometimes both at once.