Engravings such as these three show the importance of astrology in medical traditions. ‘The First Table’ shows a globe with the astrological symbols superimposed upon it. Another depicts man in relation to the natural world with the humours drawn upon his body. The images illustrate the belief the planets influenced the body and the humours. Humours had to be balanced to maintain health. Practices such as purging and cupping restored balance. It was also believed the positioning of the planets determined the opportune time for treatment.
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Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use just "prints."
The study of the stars, moon, and planets, interpreted as having an affect on everyday life.