For medieval physicians, the mnemic apparatus of choice was what is sometimes today known as a folding almanac or a belt book. There are thought to be just 29 such almanacs that have survived to the present day. The almanacs contained detailed astrological calendars, lunar tables, diagrams of the human body and so on necessary for the practice of lunar medicine during the 15th century. They were small and strung onto a cord that attached to a physcian’s girdle or belt.
In the spirit of the New Year, today's infographic takes a look into the celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Zodiac calendar. With the holiday season officially over, it's time to begin looking to the next months' festivities and celebrations