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Chirurgia, preceded by a work on Anatomy based on Mondeville and Lanfranc of Milan: in an incomplete and abridged English translation, originally written in 1392, by an unknown surgeon who seems to have practised in London. With medical notes and miscellaneous receipts by several late 15th cent. and early 16th cent. hands, also in English.
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1. ff. 10r Prologue
Opens: 'The holi trinite that is heed and welle of knowynge...'
Ends: '...it schal ben bi hem benygly fulfillid'.
2. ff. 10r-55v First 'distinccioun'
Opens: 'Here bigunneth the firste partie of this compilacioun where I have ordeyned the anothomy of a man...
Ends: 'And thus endith this chapitre afornseid etc.'
3. ff. 56r-124v Second 'distinccioun'
Title: 'Now bigynneth the secunde partie of this compilacioun'
Incipit: 'Where I have ordeyned the qualitees and the diffinicioun of a surgian...'
Explicit: 'Here endith the first distinccioun of the firste partie. and thou schalt haue here next folowinge the secunde distinccioun of the secunde partie'
4. ff. 124v-128r Second 'distinccioun' of the second part, incomplete.
Incipit: 'In the secunde distinccioun of the secunde partie is ordeyned particuler woundis bigynnynge at the heed...'
Ends imperfectly: '...whanne the pyement is clarified...'
5. ff. 146r-170v A further section of this work
Opens: 'The name of the tri nite thre personys and oo[n] god fadir and sone and ho ly goost. I thinke with the grace of god to dra / we out the general rulis or surgerie that bee moost nedeful to a surgian...'
Ends: '...but if ther be a wounde in siche drie bodies and membris that gheuen superflue. Here ends the main work.'
It seems probable that this MS. is a copy from an incomplete or partly illegible original: there are several gaps in the text, and the last part ends in the middle of a sentence.
6. ff. 128v-130v Rough drawings in ink of urine flasks, with notes in English by a middle 16th cent. hand.
.7 ff. 131r-137r Alchemical, chemical and pharmaceutical notes in English by the same, or a similar hand.
8. ff. 137v-139r Numeration from 1-1000 in English and Latin, and medical receipts in English.
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9. ff. 143v-145v Notes on the humours, medical astrology, weights and measures, receipts, etc. by the earlier hand of Fol. 137v.
10. ff. 171v-196r Medical receipts in English, contributed by several hands, including those of the writers of previous entries.