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  • Writer's pictureJean Michel

The 7 Planets in "Regimen of Health" by Heinrich von Laufenberg, 1429

Regimen Sanitatis (Regimen of health) of 1429 is a medical-astronomical compendium of guidance to healthful living that stretches to more than 6,000 lines of metrical German. The work presents the reader with practical rules for healthy living concerning such matters as a balanced diet, phlebotomy (bloodletting, then a common treatment to prevent or cure illness), and ways to prevent the plague.

The text reflects the contemporary scientific view that planetary configurations affect an individual's well-being, and offers a representative example of a mid-15th-century scientific manuscript intended for practical use by wealthy citizens or by religious orders.

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