Treatise on Diagnoses and Treatments of Zang and Fu Organs with Illustrations of Human Body


This printed edition, in eight juan, with two juan of supplements, in six volumes, was published in the 34th year of the Wanli reign (1608). The work has some characteristic features of Ming printing, its woodblocks being cut with extreme care and precision, the typeface mostly cut in square shape, and the binding stitch-bound. The author of the original work is unknown. The preface dated 1606 by Qian Lei, a Ming dynasty physician from Siming (present-day Ningbo Shi, Zhejiang Province), states that he had acquired a book entitled Zang fu zheng zhi tu shuo ren jing jing (Treatise on diagnoses and treatments of zang and fu organs with illustrations of the human body) from the estate of the court physician Wang Zongquan, under whom he had practiced medicine. Qian issued this edition under the same title based on the book he acquired, and added the two juan of supplements. The work deals chiefly with the so-called 12 meridians, regular and divergent, and the eight extra channels, of traditional Chinese medicine, whose main function was to strengthen the exterior–interior relationship of the 12 regular channels and so form closer ties between all parts of the body. The entries in the book, with illustrations, explain the inner organs zang (such as the heart, lungs, and liver) and fu (such as the gall bladder and stomach), their functions, the symptoms of diseases, and treatments. The preface notes that at the time of the book’s printing Qian was already elderly, so his son Qian Xuan and his grandson Qian Shizhong joined him in compiling the work.

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10 juan, 6 volumes : illustration

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