By Benjamin Elman
In response to numerous examine seminars, the authors during this quantity offer clean views of the highbrow and cultural background of East Asian drugs, 1550-1800. They use new assets, make new connections, and reassess previous assumptions, thereby interrogating even if and why eu clinical modernity is a suitable typical for delineating the trendy destiny of East Asia’s scientific classics. the original significance of early sleek Europe within the historical past of recent drugs shouldn't be used to gloss over the both distinct and hence various advancements in East Asia. every one paper deals a major contribution to knowing the dynamics of East Asian drugs, particularly, the connection among scientific texts, scientific perform, and practitioner id. moreover, the essays during this quantity are specially important for guiding our consciousness to the circulate of scientific texts among various polities and cultures of early smooth East Asia, specifically China and Japan. Of specific curiosity are the interactions, similarities, and variations among clinical thinkers throughout East Asia.
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He focused on Cold Damage disorders since his father’s disorder fell under this general category of disorders. Besides pursuing a medical career, Xu never relinquished his dream of passing the civil service examinations. In 1132, after repeatedly failing them, he finally passed the highest level of the imperial examinations, ranked fifth no less, and became an official at the age of fifty-three. Subsequently, he was appointed to a number of official teaching and scholarly positions, including serving as a scholar at the Imperial Hanlin Academy.
Certainly, the red peony root is used to drain, whereas the white peony root is used to supplement. I once raised this difficult issue with a number of famous physicians, all of whom were astounded and baffled by it. My humble notes: The Divine Husbandman’s Materia Medica states that peony root controls evil qi that is causing pain in the abdomen, drains the urine, clears and smoothes the blood vessels, and drains the urinary bladder, the large intestine, and the small intestine tracts. 53 [Given this and the above information,] then this is all [treated] by red peony root.
40 Xu’s book has no preface or introduction to elaborate on the author’s goals or intentions; there is also no information regarding the selection method of its content. With no evidence to rely on, we can only assume that Xu himself chose the cases in the book, perhaps indicating that these were the best possible examples of the knowledge he wanted to transmit to his readers. Each of the cases presents a clinical scene that represents important points of the Treatise. Several of the cases in the Ninety Discussions on Cold Damage Disorders also appear almost verbatim in Xu’s Original Formulary for Popular Relief, indicating their importance.