Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].
Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].
Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].
Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].
Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].
Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].

Wai ke tu shuo [or] Waike tushuo [Pictorial Guide to External Medicine].

Many woodcut illus. throughout. 61; 73; 63; 71; 68; 66 folding leaves. Six vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers & text with some worming), new stitching. [China: Preface dated 1834 but published in 1856].

Second edition, enlarged, of this richly illustrated surgical manual, which is very largely devoted to dermatological diseases. It was first published in 1834, and both editions are very rare. Gao (active 1784-1834), wrote this book based on his forty years of experience as a medical doctor.

The first volume starts with a subject index to the whole work. In this volume, there are illustrations of Chinese surgical instruments, including scissors, many specialized knives, cooking cylinders for heating liquid drugs, tongs and tweezers, a board for applying moxa, tubes for applying medications, anal probes, needles, silver wire, a needle sheath for anal insertion to treat piles, a cautery iron, etc. The remaining volumes depict dermatological problems that require surgery, remarkably candid illustrations of men’s sexual organs, drainage methods, hemorrhoids (showing many variations), and countless dermatological eruptions and diseases. The final volume contains many illustrations of the internal organs.

There are many pharmaceutical recipes and depictions of distillation apparatus and an alchemical furnace.

Very good set and rare. The wrappers are rather wormed, and some of the text has worming. However, we do not find either offensive. Preserved in a chitsu.

❧ Hu Xiaofeng, “A Brief Introduction to Illustrations in the Literature of Surgery and Traumatology in Chinese Medicine” in Lo & Barrett, eds., Imagining Chinese Medicine (2018), pp. 184, 188, & 192.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 6540

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