Nova Nosographia Ophthalmica, (Hamburg & Leipzig, 1766)
Author: TAYLOR, John (1703-1772) Artist: N/A

John Tayler, commonly known as the ”Chevalier” was a notorious itinerant oculist, traveling in a coach painted with the symbol of an eye and the motto (in Latin) ”to give sight is to give life”. He was couching cataracts (often with disastrous results) and selling his miraculous ointments and eye washes, Chevalier’s false and bombastic claims, his surgical blunders and his shameless pursuit of money earned him the loathing of honest ophthalmologists.

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