In humanities we are just starting our new unit, about the renaissance man and the dark ages. Our first assignment was to choose a renaissance man or women that you are interested in, research about them and write a comic book with 13-19 boxes. We also had to write for two or three boxes what would this person think and be if they time travled to today, would they see stuff that they created, discovered or wrote still remaining today. For this assignment I choose a very famous chinese doctor named Li shizhen, he is the father of traditional chinese medicine. Renaissance man and women were people with many talents or areas of knowledge, mostly it happened during the dark ages.
I think that this person was very intelligent and did lots of things to help everyone but I don’t think that he changed the world on his own because in the past there were also many famous doctors that found out a lot too. He also learned from the boks that were written by other doctors and learned in the beginning, also he learned a lot about how to take peoples pulse from his father and grandpa who helped people in the country. During his research he also found out more about the humans pulse and wrote a book about the Study of the Pulse. But I think that maybe the life after him were all changed by him because all of the medicines he found out about then are mostly still used today but the doctors now just added a few more things to make it taste better and easier to eat like changing them into pills. A lot of counties still use traditional chinese medicines like Japan. He was also to be considered as the greatest naturalist of China, he also discovered that some fruits can be made into medicine and other plants and vegetables. The long encyclopedia ” Ben Cao Gang Mu” (本草纲目)he wrote helped and promoted a lot of doctors and people today and back then. He was the one who found out about the medicines that we call 中药 in Chinese. 中药 is one of the most common traditional Chinese medicines that are used in the pass and today.
I think that Li Shizhen is great because of who he is and because of when he was born. Since he was born in the Ming dynasty which is about a few hundred years ago from now I am glad he appeared because if he did not I think that most of the medicines and knowledge today would not exist or get discovered more later. People that lived through his years and our years learned from him and made the discoveries and got ideas to make them better. I like Li shizhen for who he is too because he is caring, smart, intelligent, knowledgable and a risk-taker, he did not use other people for his tests with the new discoveries of medicine and other healing herbs instead he risked his own life to test them on himself. When he sees poor people suffer and don’t have money to pay him he will often heal them for free.
The sources I used when researching were:
- Other information I learned from my grandpa who is also a great and old fashion Chinese kind of doctor that takes peoples pulse instead of using the tool to hear your heartbeat, the 中药 for the medicines instead. That is where I got my interest from I love learning about Chinese history and I think that is one of my passions.