Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu Vol. I
Chinese Historical Illness Terminology
- Verlag: University of California Press
- ISBN: 9780520283954
- 2014, 768 pages
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The dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, was compiled in the second half of the sixteenth century by a team led by the physician Li Shizhen (15181593) on the basis of previously published books and contemporary knowledge. It is the largest encyclopaedia of natural history in a long tradition of Chinese materia medica works.
The books describe almost 1,900 pharmaceutically used natural and man-made substances marks the apex of the development of premodern Chinese pharmaceutical knowledge.