Lisa See’s historical novel, Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, is a meticulously researched book on Chinese medicine in the 1500’s. It purports to be a record of a female doctor. Midwives, women who deliver newborns, are an essential part of medical treatment for women. “…since we physicians acknowledge blood is corrupt and corrupting, then how can a woman give birth without the aid of a midwife.” Male doctors are not allowed even to touch women. They treat only by sitting behind a screen and issuing orders to the women who tend to the actual body of the mother and child. Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews this fascinating and lovely story.
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women
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