Tattoos, Bordelle, Landkarten und Blut

Tattoos um 1860 in New York: Hildebrandt’s method was to take a half dozen No.12 needles, that he ‘bound together in a slanting form, which are dipped as the pricking is made into the best India ink or vermilion. The puncture is not made directly up and down, but at an angle, the surface of the skin being only pricked.’ Wet gunpowder and ink were also sometimes used as a colorant to mix into the needle-marks. Once the tattoo was completed, blood and excess colouring were washed off the skin using either water, urine or sometimes rum and brandy.”

Bordelle im 17. Jahrhundert. „Next to this Bank was sometime the Bordello, or Stewes, a place so called of certain stew-houses privileged there, for the repair of incontinent men to the like women.”

Bunte Landkarten von Piri Reis (16. Jhdt): „Piri Reis was a 16th century Ottoman Admiral famous for his maps and charts collected in his Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation), a book which contains detailed information on navigation as well as extremely accurate charts describing the important ports and cities of the Mediterranean Sea.“

Bluttransfusionen gibt es schon lange, sie waren aber nicht immer so selbstverständlich wie jetzt, Dank Janet Vaughan, über die ihre Lehrerin sagte, sie sei „too stupid to be educated“, und die als frau sehr zu kämpfen hatte, um überhaupt forschen zu können. „Transfusion—the transfer of blood from one creature to another—is also ancient. Romans, wrote Pliny the Elder, ran to drink the blood of dying or dead gladiators, to gain some of their strength and force. Blood was also thought to carry personality, so when Jean-Baptiste Denis, doctor to Louis XIV, treated a feverish 16-year-old patient with a blood transfusion in 1667, he thought the “mild and laudable” blood of a lamb his best bet.”

Über Karin Koller

Biochemist, Writer, Painter, Mum of Three
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