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Banner for Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine. An online version of an exhibit held at the NLM, Nationals Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD October 19, 1999-May 30, 2000.

Books on Display

Chinese Medicine in Korea and Japan

Yin and Yang

Emperors and Physicians


A montage of portraits and title pages Omura's Surgery handbook Li's The Great herbal Matsuzawa's Selected case reports of surgical operations Oe's Medical herbs Hua's The Routes of fourteen channels Li Shih-chen Huang Ti Wang's Huang-ti su wen Shen-nung's Herbal and prescriptions Chang Chung-ching Chi's Golden chamber of treasures wang Shen Nung Chang's Treatise on colds and fevers Ho Chun's Treasures of eastern medical knowledge Chin's Elucidataion of Shang han lun

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) holds approximately 2,000 volumes of Chinese medical classics. Here we display a few of the earliest and most interesting texts from the NLM collection. Also included are portraits of a few significant figures in early Chinese medicine whose contributions range from acupuncture to the pioneering uses of herbal medicines to the concept of Yin and Yang. Through the exhibit, we hoped to draw attention to a fascinating part of NLM's historical resources.