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Published 2014-01-01

Hardcover book

768 pages, 7.00 x 10.00"

ISBN 9780520283954

SKU: DicBenCao1

Includes

1900 substances, 1st of 3 volumes

Dictionary of the Ben Cao Gang Mu

Volume 1: Chinese Historical Illness Terminology

Edited by  Paul U. Unschuld

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Hardcover book | $130.00

The Ben cao gang mu, compiled in the second half of the sixteenth century by a team led by the physician Li Shizhen (1518-1593) on the basis of previously published books and contemporary knowledge, is the largest encyclopedia of natural history in a long tradition on Chinese materia medica works. Its description of almost 1900 pharmaceutically used natural and man-made substances marks the apex of the development of premodern Chinese pharmaceutical knowledge. The Ben cao gang mu dictionary offers access to this impressive work of 1,600,000 characters. This first book in a three-volume series analyses the meaning of 4,500 historical illness terms.

About the Editors:

Zhang Zhibin is Professor at the Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences.

Paul U. Unschuld is Professor and Director of the Horst-Goertz Endowment Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences at Charite-Medical University Berlin. His previous books include What is Medicine?, Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing.