Syphilis and seiseinyū: manufacturing a mercurial drug in early modern Japan

Syphilis arrived in Japan in the early sixteenth century and spread rapidly through the country. The symptoms of the disease were severe but there was no truly effective treatment, and many patients thus turned in desperation to toxic substances such as corrosive sublimate (HgCl2, known in Japanese as keifun) in the hope that violent drugs might … Continue reading Syphilis and seiseinyū: manufacturing a mercurial drug in early modern Japan

A Plant for the End of the World

Located in his mountain retreat near the Floriate Sunlight Cavern on Mount Mao, China’s earliest recorded pharmacologist, Tao Hongjing, is deep in his studies. He is editing the earliest known recension of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, the Divine Husbandman’s Pharmacopoeia (Shennong bencao jing 神農本草經). It is about the year 500, and Tao is also compiling a collection of manuscripts, sacred … Continue reading A Plant for the End of the World

Translating Recipes

Recipes in Time and Space, Part 6 – BETWEEN (May, 2015) Recipes in Time and Space, Part 5 – …A Flowing Oil…(May, 2015) Recipes in Time and Space, Part 4 – AFTER (April, 2015) Recipes in Time and Space, Part 3 – IF (February, 2015) Recipes in Time and Space, Part 2 – WITH (January 2015) … Continue reading Translating Recipes

Translating Recipes 5: Fluid Translation 1

By Carla Nappi [This is the first post in a two-part series on Fluid Translation. For the second post, check back tomorrow!] Welcome back to the “Translating Recipes” series! For the next two posts, we’ll continue to think about the relationship between translation, recipes, and storytelling. In previous posts we’ve done that by considering what … Continue reading Translating Recipes 5: Fluid Translation 1