Friday, July 13, 2007

Ayurvedic Man

The famous "Ayurvedic Man" image (Wellcome Library Iconographic Collection 574912i) that has appeared on several book covers and in several publications, is owned by the Wellcome Library, London, and a low-res version can be viewed on their website. I wrote a small article referring to the image recently, in the journal Medical History.

As a result of a recent query about the texts that surround the image, I can now report that the texts are citations from the Bhāvaprakāśa of Bhāvamiśra, the 16th century physician who lived in North India, perhaps Varanasi. For more information on Bhāvamiśra, see G. J. Meulenbeld, Indian Medical Literature, IIa: 239--46.

The Bhāvaprakāśa texts cited in this painting almost all come from BhP 1.1. prakaraṇa 3 (garbhaprakaraṇa).


  1. sir

    you inspire us to go beyond our normal vaidyasala dreams, lords choicest be showered on you