Glass urinal flask: 15th century

Glass urinal flask: 15th century
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 31cm

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Glass urinal flasks like this were used by medieval doctors to diagnose patients' condition from the colour and appearance of their urine. Illustrations of sickbed scenes often featured a doctor holding up a urinal, and the urinal became an emblem of the medical profession.

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