The Yellow Monkey Emperors Classic of Chinese Medicine
With artwork by Spencer Hill.
- ISBN: 9781848192867
- 2016, 272 pages
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A horse complains of a chest as tight as a bear’s embrace, a goat bleats about skin as dry as parchment, and a rat describes his urine as darker than soya sauce. Join these lively characters and their friends as they seek diagnosis from wise animal sages and the yellow monkey emperor.
Covering 78 syndromes of Chinese medicine, these cartoons graphically illustrate the disturbances and illnesses that can affect the organs of the body, or Zang Fu, as they are understood in Chinese medicine. They are accompanied by a concise list of symptoms for easy diagnostic reference. Combining Damo Mitchell’s deep knowledge and experience with Spencer Hill’s witty cartoons, this is a fun way to learn, remember and be entertained by the syndromes and their symptoms.
Harmony plays a big part both in Chinese Medicine and cartooning. Not only must the cartoonist produce amusing drawings, but each drawing also needs to clearly communicate its concept, whether serious or funny. Cartoons which are intended as aids to understanding and memory introduce one more vital requirement to the harmony – a deep knowledge and affinity with the concepts being conveyed. Spencer Hill’s cartoons harmonise these ingredients beautifully and, coupled with Damo Mitchell’s expertly and clearly written text, will enable any reader to balance laughter and learning with the greatest of ease.
— John Byrne, Cartoon Tutor, The London Art College