In a scroll known as Rokugei no zu painted in 1847 and now held in the National Diet Library of Japan, there is a fascinating side view of a right whale (Eubalaena japonica) showing the disposition of its internal organs. The importation of Dutch medical texts into Japan led to a new understanding of human internal anatomy and thus new ways of depicting the human body during the Edo period (1603-1868). But how did this study of Western medical texts and illustrations lead to anatomical drawings of whales?
6-7,30 pm, Barker Center 133, Plimpton Room: Lecture by T.J. Hinrichs (Cornell University) – "Rethinking Medicalization and Social Control Through an Eleventh-Century Chinese Lens". Organized by the Science, Religion and Culture Program at the Divinity School, co-hosted by the ESWG