Henchu igaku nyumon [Chinese: Yixue rumen; Commentary on the Introduction to Medicine]. Chan LI.
Henchu igaku nyumon [Chinese: Yixue rumen; Commentary on the Introduction to Medicine].
Henchu igaku nyumon [Chinese: Yixue rumen; Commentary on the Introduction to Medicine].
Henchu igaku nyumon [Chinese: Yixue rumen; Commentary on the Introduction to Medicine].

An Influential Chinese Introduction to Medicine

Henchu igaku nyumon [Chinese: Yixue rumen; Commentary on the Introduction to Medicine].

Printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. Five full-page woodcuts in the text. Eight parts in 15 vols. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers stained with persimmon juice (wrappers rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, later stitching. [Kyoto]: Preface dated 1575; Murakami Heirakuji, 1642.

A very early Japanese edition; the first edition was published in China in 1575. Yixue rumen was the work of Li Chan (fl. 1573-1619), a Ming dynasty physician. An influential introductory Chinese medical textbook, it is itself a condensation of the important Gu Jin Yi Tong [Old and Modern Medical Generalities] by Xu Chunfu, published in 1556 in 100 volumes. This work gathered medical knowledge from over 300 published and unpublished Chinese medical classics. In Beijing, Xu Chunfu established one of the first medical associations for doctors, the Medical Society for Harboring Kindness.

Our work is printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. It contains many important passages concerning acupuncture. Three of the full-page woodcuts depict pressure points. The first volume contains a very useful “grand index” for the remaining volumes. Volumes 2-15 are a comprehensive collection comprising an overall summary of the basic theories and clinical departments of traditional Chinese medicine, including physicians’ bio-bibliographies, and discussions of the different schools of medicine, pulse-taking methods, the doctrine on five elements and six natural influences, channels and collaterals, acupuncture and moxibustion, materia medica, health preservation, obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery, and treatment in clinical practice of different departments and medical cases.

The author has furnished many detailed pharmaceutical recipes.

The publishing house of our work, Murakami Heirakuji, was founded in the Keicho era (ca. 1600) and remains in business today. Its specialties have always been religious and medical works.

In very good and fresh condition. There is some worming in each volume, sometimes touching the text. We do not find it offensive.

❧ Shin Dangwan, “Korean Anatomical Charts in the Context of the East Asian Medical Tradition” in Lo & Barrett, eds., Imagining Chinese Medicine (2018), pp. 332-33.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 7033