What you’ll do
Join us to hear Meekyung MacMurdie discuss tabulated medical texts. Emerging in the Arabic writing sphere during the 11th century, these texts were inspired by astronomical charts and astrological horoscopes. The authors claimed that the tables streamlined extensive medical encyclopaedias into single volumes for the benefit of medical knowledge, not its theoretical proofs and definitions.
You will discover how the striking medical tables required special planning, attention and skill on the part of the scribes. Dr MacMurdie will use examples from Wellcome Collection, and explore the significance of table layout and aesthetics as visual rhetoric, a space where the invisible cosmos and visible world converged. After the talk you will have the opportunity to ask questions.