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Ben Cao Gang Mu, Volume VI: Vegetables, Fruits (Ben cao gang mu: 16th Century Chinese Encyclopedia of Materia Medica and Natural History)

Ben Cao Gang Mu, Volume VI: Vegetables, Fruits (Ben cao gang mu: 16th Century Chinese Encyclopedia of Materia Medica and Natural History)

Current price: $190.00
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Publisher:
University of California Press
ISBN:
9780520395176
Pages:
1046

Description

Volume VI in the Ben cao gang mu series offers a complete translation of chapters 26 through 33, devoted to vegetables and fruits.

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.

 

About the Author

Paul U. Unschuld is Professor and Director at the Institute for Chinese Life Sciences, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.