Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 29; 14 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (tired), with orig. block-printed title label on first vol. cover, lacking on second, new stitching. Kyoto: Hayashi Yoshibei, [Preface dated 1807, Afterword dated 1808].
First edition of this very rare and systematic work on parasites living in the human intestinal system. It is the first Japanese work, we believe, to employ the Western microscope to investigate the anatomy of these parasites. The author recognized that various specific pathological conditions are due to the presence and action of parasites in the human body. While the text is based on Chinese medical traditions, Ko has provided a number of original case histories and his own observations. He also provides a number of pharmacological preparations that would eliminate the parasites.
The numerous woodcuts in the text depict the wide variety of parasites found in the human body. There are several illustrations of the microscopes employed and other apparatus. The index at the beginning of the book lists all the diseases that Ko attributed to parasites.
Nice set, preserved in its original protective brown wrapper, with title label on upper cover. With the seal of the Shinto priest and physician Yasuaki (or Kosho) Nakano (1874-1947), and his private library, Daido Yakushitsu. He was a major collector of kanpo (the Japanese study of traditional Chinese medicine), calligraphy, maps, illustrated scrolls, waka poetry, and paintings. Some worming in Vol. II.
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