On November 6 Dr. Lydia Kang, mom of Ben, '20, Maia, '22, and Phoebe Su, '26, presented to eighth graders about her new nonfiction book, Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything. Dr. Kang spoke to the students about the process of writing and researching her book, as well as a few of the more interesting topics such as leeching, mercury uses, and corpse medicine. Students shared their thoughts on the presentation:
- Isabella Summers: I loved all the different topics that we learned about. Like for example the snake oil/fat; How it was put into different remedies to "heal" worries or diseases. Or, about the uses of entertainment like watching people get hung, and how that is what people came together for and spent time doing. I also thought that it was interesting how people put leeches on their skin to increase blood circulation and break up blood clots. I liked how she explained her favorite topics in the book.
- Jack Cenovic: I really enjoyed Dr. Kang coming to talk to us. It was really interesting and after the presentation I now know a lot of facts about medical history.
- Sammy Asaad: I liked how indepth the speaker would talk about the topics and showed that she is passionate about what she is talking about. I learned that in the past people would listen to anyone to do what's best for their personal good.
- Andrew Vinci: I liked the stories of these medicinal practices, and I honestly wanted to hear more. I especially liked the leeches part!