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Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, Volume 1

Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, Volume 1: Chinese Historical Illness Terminology

Zhang Zhibin
Paul U. Unschuld
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: 1
Pages: 764
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    Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, Volume 1
    Book Description:

    TheBen 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 of Chinese materia medica works. Its description of almost 1,900 pharmaceutically used natural and man-made substances marks the apex of the development of premodern Chinese pharmaceutical knowledge. TheBen cao gang mudictionary offers access to this impressive work of 1,600,000 characters. This first book in a three-volume series analyzes the meaning of 4,500 historical illness terms.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-95965-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-6)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 7-8)
    (pp. 9-40)

    This is the first volume of a project aimed at providing better access to theBen cao gang mu (BCGM)本草綱目, China’s great encyclopedia of pharmaceutical lore, first published in 1598 and designated a world cultural heritage in 2012. In addition to the current volume, which focuses on identification and explanation of the occurrence and meaning of approximately 4,500 illness terms in theBCGM, three additional volumes will complete theBen cao gang mu Dictionary. They include a second volume dedicated to verifying and localizing geographical designations and a third identifying all book titles and authors named in theBCGM....

  5. II. Ben cao gang mu Dictionary