Summer is the perfect time to dig into some books. Er, ice cream.
Via Quirk Books.
Math and Science Week!
aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:
Tan Yunxian / 谈允贤
I noticed we haven’t featured a lot of medieval POC women in science, so here’s one.
Tan Yunxian (1461–1554) was a doctor in Ming Dynasty China. She came from a family of physicians, specialised in gynecology, and lived to the age of 93.
She’s unusual in that she left behind a book, titled Sayings of A Woman Doctor / 女医杂言. It’s made up of 31 case studies - "habitual abortion, menstrual disorders, postpartum diseases, and abdominal lumps" - which she treated using traditional techniques such as moxibustion.
I couldn’t find any portraits of Tan Yunxian, but there’s currently a TV drama being made inspired by her life, called The Imperial Doctress / 女医·明妃传. I’m sure it’s going to be wildly inaccurate, but at least it’ll remind folks that women’s history in old China wasn’t just about bound feet.
The original list is in Spanish so we thought we’d pull out a few favorites for you:
1.) “Tattooed Shakespeare” by Mathew McFarren.
2.) A surrealist depiction of the Bard by Rafal Olbinski. (Those purple tights…)
3.) Shakespeare painted as the Terminator for the production of Terminator the Second, a stage parody of the blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Side note: The script of Terminator the Second is made up entirely of lines and phrases from Willie’s plays.You cannot make this stuff up…)
4.) A watercolor by Fred Sebastian for the Ottawa Citizen.
5.) Illustrator Pete Ellis had Will sit down with Sigmund Freud for the cover of Mental Health Practice.
- Intern Cara