David de Planis Campy (1589-c.1644), French alchemist, physician and surgeon. The circular French inscription gives his name and states that here, in 1627, he is in his 38th year and is surgeon to the French King (at the time, Louis XIII). The term 'edelphe' refers to him being a follower of the theories of Paracelsus, also indicated by references to the microcosm and macrocosm on the book in front of him. Planis Campy wrote on phlebotomy, musket wounds, the plague, and mineral and chemical remedies. This artwork, with additional French text at bottom, is from Planis Campy's 'Bouquet compose des plus belles fleurs' (1629).
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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