At age nine, Anandi married a widower and 14 she gave birth to her first and only child. The child died after ten days and it was this loss that propelled Anandi towards a career in medicine as she felt the child might have lived with proper medical care.
Anandi began her studies at the Woman’s Medical College of Philadelphia in 1883. She graduated in 1886, becoming the first Indian female physician. Before her graduation, she was offered and accepted a position as “Lady Doctor of Kolhapur” at a regional hospital.
Anandi returned to India in 1886, but was too ill to begin her practice as a “Lady Doctor.” She died on February 26, 1887, a month before her 22nd birthday.
The western blue-tongued lizard, Tiliqua occipitalis, is a large skink native to Australia. As its name suggests, it has a blue tongue, which contrasts with the pink interior of its mouth. When threatened, it may open its mouth and stick out its tongue in a threat display. If the initial display is unsuccessful, and the predator or threat does not retreat, it may hiss and flatten out its body in an attempt to make itself look bigger.
This video reminded me of why I’m not planning on entering a medical research lab anytime soon. As much as I love learning new things and discovering miracles, I don’t love it enough to cost money that could be doing so much more someplace it’s more needed. That isn’t to say that all research is a waste of time, I just feel like sometimes satisfying vanities or curiousities can wait if it means helping people and rectifying affairs. I know the benefits of an alkalkine diet, and the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine and the medicine from the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) - I don’t need to spend time, money and energy so that a ridiculously expensive drug can be created in order to line the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. At the same time, I know incredible discoveries that have benefited mankind immensely have been made in many big budget labs. [At the end of the day, it comes back to “What would Allah want you to do?”. May Allah grant us all the ability and opportunity to become as close to Him and as beloved to Him as possible.]
The sad thing is I no longer think it’s as clear-cut as I believed. We need to be making leaps and bounds in furthering our understanding of the universe and everything in it, but those discoveries will lead to incredible initiatives for the betterment of life on this planet as well as evil villain type big money plots. Ex Nuclear technologies WWII. We need to be investing the same amount of money in both crazy sci excavating and moral rectification. For justice to “reign supreme”, we don’t stifle development - we prioritise.