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Ben cao gang mu Volume I Part A

Introduction, History, Pharmacology, Diseases and Suitable Vol1

  • ISBN: 9780520395152
  • 2024, 814 pages


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Volume I is divided into two parts. Part A of volume 1 in the Ben cao gang mu series offers a translation of chapters 1 and 2 and portions of chapter 3. Chapters 1 and 2 are devoted to introducing the history of materia medica. Chapter 3 is devoted to pharmaceutical drugs for diseases. Chapter 3 is continued, along with chapter 4, in part B of volume I.

The Ben cao gang mu is a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopedia of medical matter and natural history by Li Shizhen (1518–1593). The culmination of a sixteen-hundred-year history of Chinese medical and pharmaceutical literature, it is considered the most important and comprehensive book ever written in the history of Chinese medicine and remains an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners. This nine-volume series reveals an almost two-millennia-long panorama of wide-ranging observations and sophisticated interpretations, ingenious manipulations, and practical applications of natural substances for the benefit of human health. Paul U. Unschuld’s annotated translation of the Ben cao gang mu, presented here with the original Chinese text, opens a rare window into viewing the people and culture of China’s past.

Table of Contents


1. Prolegomena.
1.1 History of Chinese materia medica literature.
1.2 Structure and contents of the Ben cao gang mu.
1.3 Biographical sketch of Li Shizhen (1518 – 1593).
2. Notes on the translation.
3. Wang Shizhen’s preface of 1590
4. Detailed survey of contents chapters 1 through 4
5. (Original) Complete Contents, ch. 1 through 52
6. Translation of the Ben cao gang mu, chapters 1 through 3-49


Li Shizhen

Li Shizhen

P.U. Unschuld

P.U. Unschuld

Prof. Dr. phil. Paul U. Unschuld ist Professor für Theorie, Geschichte und Ethik chinesischer Lebenswissenschaften sowie Direktor des 2006 gegründeten Horst-Görtz-Stiftungsinstituts im Centrum für Human- und Gesundheitswissenschaften der Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Von 1986 bis 2006 war er Vorstand des Instituts für Geschichte der Medizin an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Er studierte in…

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