Testing Drugs and Trying Cures Workshop Summary

By Ashley Buchanan and Tillman Taape What did it mean to test a drug or try a cure in the early modern world? This was the central question for a group of scholars who gathered for a workshop at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.  Since recipes emerged as one of the … Continue reading Testing Drugs and Trying Cures Workshop Summary

Translating Recipes 4: The Girl, the Scorpion, and the Doctor

By Carla Nappi Hi there! In my previous post, I described an experiment in translating a Manchu medical recipe into a fairy tale. This is the second half of that discussion. What you have below, similar to what we did in Part 1: Narrating Qing Bodies and Part 2: A Drama of Butter and Pearls, is … Continue reading Translating Recipes 4: The Girl, the Scorpion, and the Doctor

Translating Recipes 3: Fairy Tale Drugs

By Carla Nappi Hello again! When last we met, I was telling you about a recent and ongoing experiment in translating Manchu-language medical recipes into different storytelling forms as a way to get at the narrative power of drug texts and their formulae. If you don’t recall that, take a moment to check out the … Continue reading Translating Recipes 3: Fairy Tale Drugs