Seikotsuhan [trans.: Models of Orthopedic Manipulation]. Ken NINOMIYA, or Genka or Hikoyoshi.
Seikotsuhan [trans.: Models of Orthopedic Manipulation].

A Bible of Orthopedic Medicine

Seikotsuhan [trans.: Models of Orthopedic Manipulation].

Many fine full-page woodcut illus. 46; 59 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (lower wrapper of Vol. I a little mouse-gnawed), orig. woodblock title slips on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto, Osaka, & Edo: 1808.

First edition of one of the three most important Japanese works on orthopedic medicine. The book is based on Chinese medical science, most notably the Sheng ji zong lu, written in the 11th century and the Yi zong jin jian by Qian Wu (active 1736-43). It presented a system of surgical treatment to cure injuries to bones, principally of fractures and dislocations, with instructions on how to stop bleeding and to bind or immobilize the injured part by bandaging. There is a substantial section on materia medica and the compounding of prescriptions which were considered essential to the treatment of bones in Japan.

The numerous and fine woodcuts depict braces, manipulations, bandaging techniques, etc.

Ninomiya (1754-1827), was a prominent medical doctor who laid down the foundations of orthopedic surgery. He studied in Nagasaki where he learned Western and Japanese techniques from Kogyu Yoshio (1724-1800), interpreter of Dutch and a famous physician and surgeon who had a “Western-style” room at his home in the city. After further study under a number of doctors throughout Japan, including Gento Yoshiwara, he established himself in Edo where he had an extremely successful practice. Having contracted syphilis as a baby from his wet nurse, Ninomiya lost his nose and wore a artificial nose for the rest of his life.

Nice set. The covers are a little soiled.

❧ Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, III, p. 152.

Price: $7,500.00

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