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Ma’a’seh Toviyah (The Works of Tobias) by Toviyah Kats

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Ma’a’seh Toviyah

Venice, 1708. Woodcut. National Library of Medicine.

Toviyah Kats
(ca. 1652-1729)

This illustration from a Hebrew encyclopedia pairs the interior of a human interior with the interior of a house, a visual metaphor: the organs, like rooms in a house, have different functions. Kats, one of the first Jews to study medicine at a German university, completed his degree at Padua and served as court physician to the Ottoman Sultan.


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