What I have found striking of this image was , how the patience in this image is being treated. it reflects how medicine has been improved over time. It got my attention because this image shows someone having a surgery . I think it was a common act where the surgeon did not have a specific place where to do this surgery or the patient could go like a hospital or a right place to do the surgery. We can also see the lack of hygiene during a clinical surgery, as we see there is a dog being walking around which might represent the lack of cleanliness and a mother or wife who suffers of pain more than a man who is being treated maybe with no anesthesia at all . It also shows a surgeon with no glove or special tools for doing a well surgical process as now days. I am seeing someone putting its own hand in a open wound trying to move or find something inside the patient. This image shows same contrast, feelings and reality as the images seen in class. through this master piece of drawing we can see how the history of medicine has been improved since long time ago where there was no camera of any relating media as there are plenty of them today.
The image that I chose from Wellcome Images is called “A Chinese lady (Lo Wanshun) from Canton (Guangzhou) sitting on a couch with a tumor on her left cheek.” This portrait was painted by Lam Qua in 1836.
This image captured my attention because the size of the tumor on the woman’s left cheek stood out to me. The tumor is situated beneath her left ear and it extends forward to her cheeks and nose and goes down to her neck. The woman is sitting gracefully on the wooden bench with both hands on her lap and her legs crossed. She is wearing a blue robe with black collars and a purple skirt. Her foot seems to be bound based on the shape and the type of shoe she was wearing. Her hair is put up into a simple hairdo with two hair ornaments sticking out from the back. She is wearing a jade bangle on both her wrists and a dangle earring on her right ear. Based on her appearance, it seems like she is in her late 30s to early 40s and she should be married and has children.
To me, the striking part of this image is the woman’s expression. Although the left side of her face is disfigured, she doesn’t seem all that sad. Her eyes show tiredness but she has a slight smile for the portrait. Perhaps she has hope that she will receive the right treatment for her tumor at Canton Hospital. This image is very similar to the image we saw in class where two sisters has a deformity in their left eye. Both images depict a physical deformity as a result of some disease or medical condition.
The picture I chose is called “Anxious moments” it is an oil painting attributed to John Whitehead Walton from the year 1894. This painting depicts a scene of a sick child with her grief-stricken parents. A medical practitioner and a nursemaid are at the bedside.
This painting portrays mixed emotions. This painting takes place in the evening because there is a lamp at the bedside table and a glow from the door that looks like the sun is setting outside. The medical practitioner has rushed over and dropped his hat and cane on the floor. He is intent on assessing the child, while the parents are in obvious distress as they are trying to cope with the situation. The nursemaid has possibly given the child some medicine or water because she is holding a bottle while caressing the child and looking intently at the medical practitioner for further instructions. Based on the fact that this painting is from the 19th century, care is provided at home for children, I can assume that the family had no choice but to call the medical practitioner over to get the child checked. The mother is caring and cannot bear to look and see what could possibly be going wrong with her child. The father is patiently waiting and his expression is troubled and helpless, as he looks at the child in hopes that everything will be okay.
Focusing in on the child; she glows while her surroundings are dim. This gives the painting a feeling of innocence from the child. Her expression is peaceful and without any signs of distress. Despite the surroundings being so dark, looking solely at the child in the picture, it is uplifting. The child is neither suffering nor does it look like she has any form of severe illness.
The reason I found this particular painting striking is because it portrays the value of family and how medicine interacts with family ties. No matter how time goes on, whether it is the 19th century or the 21st century, the bond that families have will never change. Each individual in this picture represents the role that each title holds. When a child is sick, the entire family is involved with the healthcare providers. This compares to the imagery that we have discussed in class because it has a complimenting surroundings that reflect the central idea of the image. When we look at this painting we can see how colors, lighting, and facial expressions can give us so much meaning to the painting. It represents the knowledge and system of delivering care at the time the imagery was created. It speaks for itself as does the imagery we have discussed in class.
The Wellcome Image I chose is titled “An old man diagnosed as suffering from senile dementia” by J. Williamson, ca. 1890. This image captured my attention because it depicts the last stages of our life: old age. Not only is this lithograph portraying old age but also as described by the title, “… as suffering from senile dementia”. This image captures a sense where there is no control of our cognitive thoughts hence senile dementia; no sense of present awareness can be seen. The old man also has a slumped body language, which for me represents sadness, discontent and a sense of tiredness. The old man is not even facing J. Williamson. His eyes show unhappiness but also a sense of unawareness and blankness. The wrinkles under his eyes seem sad and deep. The lines on his face show he has been through a lot in life. This image seems to have been taken during the winter season as seen by the subject’s clothing such as the winter hat, sweater and what looks like a scarf around his neck. This image reminded me of the readings we had to do during week two of class from Martin Kemp’s, “Medicine in View: Art and Visual Representation”. It showed an image of a woman who was filled with envy; a portrait by Théodore Géricault titled Woman Exhibiting the Monomania of Envy (facing). This image was created as a means to study the subject as well as to diagnose and treat them afterwards.
This image depicts an African medicine man using the practice of cupping on a patient. This painting speaks to me because this is an ancient healing art that has transcended in to current Western use. Cupping is largely practiced in Chinese medicine, but it has dated back as early as 3000BC. It is believed to promote blood flow to heal muscle tension or pain in various areas.
Through heat or suction the skin is vacummed into a cup placed over the targeted area. In the image the healer is using what look to be a hollowed bone or horn of some sort and manually drawing the skin into it with his mouth. In modern use a rubber pump may be used in addition to silicone cups. The cups are then left in place for a short time before removing.
This is more of an alternative treatment to various ailments, so there is not a lot of research on its effectiveness
The image I chose from the Wellcome Library is called “Gentlefolk of Leeds Afflicted with Disease; Mrs. Prince, after surgical removal of a breast. Watercolour, 1841.” The painting captured my attention because of the graphic imagery of the woman’s mastectomy. From the painting, it shows a middle-aged woman, possibly in middle class society. She looks healthy based on her weight and has the red blush on her cheeks. However, the skin on her face may be covered with make-up, so we cannot be sure how healthy she really is. She is wearing a lace cap, a dark dress, and a yellow shawl. Her dress and shawl are loosened to reveal her breasts and makes the observer to focus his/her attention to them. The woman has an open wound on her right breast, with vivid details of what it is inside of it. We do not know what kind of disease she had on her breast, which required this kind of operation in the 1800s. This is like the images we saw in class because the artist must have studied in detail of the internal body, possibly seeing woman undergo the surgery or possibly at her autopsy, in order to paint this image. It also shows us that doctors did indeed do these kinds of procedures back in the 1800s on women that had diseases, tumors, or cancers on their breasts.