Visit the Cellar!

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: bright folks talking about everything. The Cellar is the original coffeeshop with no coffee and no shop. Founded in 1990, The Cellar is one of the oldest communities on the net. Join us at the table if you like!

What's IotD?

The interesting, amazing, or mind-boggling images of our days.

IotD Stuff

ARCHIVES - over 13 years of IotD!
About IotD

Permalink Latest Image

May 21st, 2018: Three Bucks

Recent Images

May 20th, 2018: Making Hay
May 16th, 2018: Lava
May 15th, 2018: Hyperion
May 14th, 2018: Manul Cat
May 12th, 2018: Ribbon Map
May 11th, 2018: Griska
May 9th, 2018: Jupiter

The CELLAR Tip Mug
Some folks who have noticed IotD

Mental Floss
Boing Boing
GruntDoc's Blog
No Quarters
Making Light
Church of the Whale Penis
Sailor Coruscant

Link to us and we will try to find you after many months!

Common image haunts

Astro Pic of the Day
Earth Sci Pic of the Day
We Make Money Not Art
Strange New Products
Geisha Asobi Blog
Cute animals blog (in Russian)
Yahoo Most Emailed

Please avoid copyrighted images (or get permission) when posting!


Philadelphia Pawn Shop
The best real estate agent in Montgomery County
The best T.38 Fax provider
Epps Beverages and Beer, Limerick, PA
Sal's Pizza, Elkins Park
Burholme Auto Body, Philadelphia
Coles Tobacco, Pottstown
ERM Auto Service, Glenside
Glenside Collision
Moorehead Catering, Trappe
Salon 153, Bala
Dominicks Auto Body, Phoenixville

   Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 2 12:49 PM

10/2/2002: Illustration of bloodletting devices

A UCLA Biomedial Library online exhibit shows this illustration of bloodletting devices from Stuttgart in the early 1600s.

I thought it was interesting for a couple of reasons. One, illus VI looks much like what I've seen of modern scalpels. Does today's knife take its design from 400-year-old pseudoscience, or is it just coincidence?

Two, look how they came up with all kinds of tools - and what detail they went into. Some thinking and care went into the development and documentation of these tools. Although medicine wasn't all that scientific, was it still based in some kind of logic?

Undertoad  Wednesday Oct 2 12:55 PM

I forgot to note, the illustration was made at the time - it's not a modern illustration of ancient devices.

I keep thinking of other questions. Did bloodletting depend on the power of placebo to make people feel better? If so, would not its power be greater with the addition of faith? How did the church get along with medicine at the time?

lawman  Wednesday Oct 2 01:07 PM

more info

damn, glad I wasn't around back then... and had a headache (et al)...

"Bloodletting was accomplished by means of a variety of tools. Lancets (pictured above) are surgical knives used to incise veins for the greatest yield of liquid. Cuts generally measured about 1/5 of an inch in length.

Haller's kit included the brass spring lancet with wooden case (left photo). These tools were easy to use because they had spring-loaded blades that made consistent cuts, an improvement over hand-controlled lancets (in same photo, at lower right) whose cuts varied in length and depth depending on the skill of the physician. "
<img src=""><img src=""><br>

"Your suffering will be legendary!" - Pinhead

juju  Wednesday Oct 2 03:40 PM

The Azteks believed that blood represented your life force. To them, it was like your soul, and of course the gods <i>need</i> your life force in order to sustain the world. When the Spanish first encountered the Azteks, the Aztek ruler had blood all over himself. They Spanish found it disguisting, but the Azteks saw it as completely normal. He had been constantly bloodletting himself, and he considered it his noble duty to give something back to the gods.

So, sometimes this wasn't done for science at all. Sometimes it was done for religion.

Nic Name  Wednesday Oct 2 04:26 PM

Leeches used in bloodletting

perth  Wednesday Oct 2 04:29 PM

Your reply here?

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: a bunch of interesting folks talking about everything. Add your two cents to IotD by joining the Cellar.