Tuesday, February 05, 2013

History Revised

All kinds of deceased historical folks making medical news this week.

First, they find the skeleton of King Richard III of England under a parking lot of all places, confirmed by DNA testing.

Among those who found his remains, there is a passionate belief that new attention drawn to Richard by the discovery will inspire a reappraisal that could rehabilitate the medieval king and show him to be a man with a strong sympathy for the rights of the common man, who was deeply wronged by his vengeful Tudor successors.

Perhaps we'll see if that novel I read so long ago turns out to be reasonably correct in claiming his innocence in (some) of the evil deeds attributed to him.  For example, the account of his life popularly believed to be contemporaneous, as it turns out, was written by someone who was only five years old when Richard III died and received his information from, you guessed it, his 'vengeful Tudor successors.'

Then, I read the announcement that Mary Ingalls didn't become blind from scarlet fever, the way it's depicted in the Little House on the Prairie books and TV series.

A new study published in Pediatrics on Feb. 4 shows that Laura Ingalls Wilder's older sister probably had viral meningoencephalitis, in which the brain and the meninges (the membranes that protect the central nervous system) become inflamed.

Most of the articles I've seen show a picture of the Ingalls family from the Little House TV show (below,) so I thought I should include one of the actual Mary Ingalls (above) as well.  :)


Bob said...

Haven't seen that show on TV for a long time.

mayberry said...

I am on a media list for the journal Pediatrics, so I knew that Mary Ingalls thing was coming; so fascinating! And Richard III, of course!