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Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: Nature, Knowledge, Imagery in an Ancient Chinese Medical Text

Paul Unschuld


The Huang Di nei jing su wen, known familiarly as the Su wen, is a seminal text of ancient Chinese medicine, yet until now there has been no comprehensive, detailed analysis of its development and contents. At last, the author offers entry into this still-vital artifact of China's cultural and intellectual past. He traces the history of the Su wen to its origins in the final centuries b.c.e., when numerous authors wrote short medical essays to explain the foundations of human health and illness on the basis of the newly developed vessel theory. The author examines the meaning of the title and ... More

Keywords: Su wen, ancient Chinese medicine, medical essays, human health, human illness, vessel theory, Chinese medical history, yin yang, five agents, Wang Bing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520233225
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520233225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Unschuld, author