52; 32; 36 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. aubergine patterned wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto, Osaka, Edo, & Nagano: latest Preface: Izumoji Bunjiro et al., 1878.
Second edition (1st ed.: 1851 or 1852). “Koretsune or Ritsuen or Sohaku Asada (1813-1894) was a famous physician and a prolific writer on a variety of subjects in Japanese medicine, best known, perhaps, for his work entitled Kokoku meiiden (n.d.), a biographical dictionary of famous Japanese physicians of an earlier time, which also contained a list of works relating to the history of medicine in Japan. Asada began the study of medicine at the age of 13, soon coming under the influence of old Chinese physicians in Kyoto, a circumstance which was to have a powerful effect on his later life. At the peak of his career he was summoned to the court of the Shogun where he was ‘retained’ as one of the most skilful physicians in Japan. Because of his early training, Asada and also Dohaku Mori were known as ‘resistors’ of Western medicine, that is to say they were the foremost physicians of the On-Chi-Sha, the contemporary Chinese school of medicine in Japan.”–Mestler, “A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books,” III, p. 130.
Asada has provided biographies of about 140 doctors; for a number of these men, this is the best or only record that survives today.
Fine set. A little worming, repaired.
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