History of Medicine
Liu, Wan-su, fl. 1186
Huang-ti su wen hsuan ming fang lun: Chung k'an Su wen hsuan ming fang lun (An Advanced Book of Su wen with a Supplement of Prescriptions)
Kyoto, 1740. 5 vols.
NLM Call Number: WZ 260 L7895h 1740.
This text discusses the symptoms of the various diseases mentioned in Su wen (Questions and answers about living matter), supplemented with prescriptions. Su wen is one of the two books which make up Huang-ti Nei ching
Kimpi-Yoryaku Kokujikai (The golden chamber of treasures: prescriptions and formularies)
NLM Call Number: WZ 260 U71k 1780.
The first volume of this work, shown here, includes drawings of herbs, minerals, and animals. The remaining volumes cover pharmacology and the therapeutic uses of the materia medica.
Chang Chung-ching, fl. 168-196; Wang Shu-ho, 265-316; Lin l, fl. 1068-1078
Shang han lun: Chiao cheng Sung pan Shang han lun (Treatise on Colds and Fevers)
NLM Call Number: WZ 260 Z64k 1797.
This work is a revised Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) version of Chang Chung-ching's Shang han lun.
Ch'in Chih-chen, fl. 1706
Shang han ta pai (Elucidation of Shang han lun)
NLM Call Number: WZ 260 C534s 1714
This work is a later interpretation of Chang Chung-ching's classic work on the diagnosis and treatment of cold and fever syndromes. The original author's name and the title of the book appear here on the title page.
Honzo Wage Yakusei Zuko (Medical Herbs)
NLM Call Number: WZ 250 M267h 1697
A Japanese translation of Shen-nung pen ts'ao (Divine Husbandman's Materia Medica)
Geka hitsuyo (Surgery Handbook)
NLM Call Number: WZ 250 O56g 1684
Hua Shou, fl. 1360-1370
Jushikyo (The Routes of Fourteen Channels and Their Functions)
NLM Call Number: WZ 260 H868s 1716
Shown here is a description of 20 acupuncture points on the arm that are used to treat colon diseases. It is written in a sonnet style for easier memorization.
Kikerabi kiroku (Selected Case Reports of Surgical Operations)
NLM Call Number: MS B 683
These pages show the removal of tumor tissue from a patient's breast (right) and the pathological specimen (left). This manuscript describes the surgical procedures of the Hanaoka school, which used Chinese herbs as a general anesthetic.
Seishu Hanaoka (1760-1835), a Japanese pioneer in anesthesia, performed the first breast cancer surgery using herbal general anesthesia.
Gorui Shimpo (Studies in Acupuncture)
Tokyo, 1679. 5 vols.
NLM Call Number: WZ 250 W338g 1680
This page describes how acupuncture combined with herbs can treat all kinds of diseases, including those caused by parasites.
Ho Chun, 1546-1615
Tong ui po kam (Treasures of Eastern Medical Knowledge: Classified Book of Medicine)
Korea, 1613. 25 vols.
NLM Call Number: WZ 250 H678t 1634
In this work originally published in 1611, the renowned Korean medical doctor Ho Chun compiled and classified the extant medical knowledge of China, Japan, and Korea. Some of the categories he used were internal environment, external appearances of the human body, miscellaneous diseases, fluid medicine, and acupuncture.