Lady Tan’s Circle of Women

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Mon, 09/25/2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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. 

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