pathos and pathology
September 2, 2008 5:00 PM Subscribe
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"Hidden within the basement archives of Yale University's Historical Medical Library lie the original oil painting collection and personal papers of the first American surgeon to practice in China." Extraordinary paintings of compassion in a medical setting. [Warning, these are graphic depictions, some NSFW] Elegant, disturbing and moving portraits of patients
by Lam Qua, commissioned by a medical missionary named Peter Parker
in the 1830's. [No, not that Peter Parker
. Via MeFite tellurian's awesome blog
and the development of a westernized medical iconography in China
The Reverend Dr Peter Parker, a graduate of Yale, established the first American hospital in Guangzhou (formerly Canton) in 1835 and successfully introduced Western surgical techniques including amputation, anesthesia, and reconstructive surgery.
The Mysteries of Lam Qua, Medical Portraiture in China 1836-1855
Lam Qua, a Western-trained Chinese painter who also had workshops in the Thirteen Factories area, was commissioned by Parker to paint pre-operative portraits of patients who had large tumors or other major deformities.