Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao Gangmu), English, 6 Books

Author: Li Shizhen (Ming Dynasty, Year of 1536)  
Publishing house: Foreign Languages Press; Published in 2003
ISBN: 7119032607; Bar code: 9787119032603
Language: English only; 4456 Pages; Hardcover; 7.5''X10.5''X6 vols

Book Description:

Considered one of the key achievements of ancient Chinese civilization for its wealth of information on medicine mineralogy botany zoology and natural science—Compendium of Materia Medica covers the long period between remote antiquity and the Ming Dynasty when the book was first published in 1593.

As early as the 17th century Compendium of Materia Medica was introduced through translations to some other countries in Asia Europe and America as an essential work for the study of Chinese medical science ancient Chinese science and technology and ancient Chinese culture and history. However with the exception of a complete Japanese translation published in Japan in the 1970s only parts of Compendium of Materia Medica—mostly having to do with pharmacological therapeutics –have been translated. More difficult sections of the book involving history culture and science have never been translated with only abridged versions of the book available in the west.

To fill the void and make accessible to Western readers the full knowledge contained in this great scientific encyclopedia of Materia Medica. The translator and other experts have given many years of dedicated work to this project trying to be true to the original text while providing notes to explain some of the contents in light of modern scientific research. Because of the scope and depth of the material with its many specialized terms translation was extremely difficult. We recognize that some errors are bound to exist despite the utmost efforts of the translator and other experts and we invite readers to point out any mistakes or to make any suggestions for the improvement of future editions.

The original edition of the book had more than two million words, and the English edition, with Prof.Luo Xiwen of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as the chief translator, was expanded into a huge work of more than five million words with explanations, notes and indexes

Table of Contents
1.Translator’s Note
2.Preface
3.Preface for the Reprinting in 1603
4.Preface for the Reppinting in 1603
5.Memorial to the throne-Concerning the Bencao Gangmu
6.Author’s Note (1590)
7.Volume 1: General Introduction: Sources and Theoretical Basis
8.Volume 2: General Introduction
9.Volume 3: Drugs for Treating A Hundred Diseases
10Volume 4: Drugs for Treating A Hundred Diseases
11.Volume 5: Category of Waters
(1)Waters from Heaven: 13 Drugs
(2)Waters from Earth: 30 Drugs
12.Volume 6: The Category of Fires
(1)11 Drugs
13.Volume 7: the Category of Earth
(1)61 Drugs
14.Volume 8: The Category of Metals, Stones and Minerals
(1)Metals: 28 Drugs
(2)Jades: 14 Drugs
15.Volume 9: The Category of Metals, Stones and Minerals
(3)Stones: 32 Drugs
16.Volume 10: The Category of Metals, Stones and Minerals
(4)Stones: 40 Drugs
17.Volume 11: The Category of Metals, Stones and Minerals
(5)Halogens: 20 Drugs
(6)Appendix: 27 drugs
18.Volume 12: The Category of Herbs
(1)Mountain Herbs: 31 Drugs
19.Volume 13: The Category of Herbs
(2)Mountain Herbs: 39 Drugs
20.Volume 14: The Category of Herbs
(3)Fragrant Herbs: 56 Drugs
21.Volume 15: The Category of Herbs
(4)Herbs from Swampland: 53 Drugs
22.Volume 16: The Category of Herbs
(5)Herbs from Swampland: 73 Drugs
23.Volume 17: The Category of Herbs
(6)Toxic Herbs: 47 Drugs
24.Volume 18: The Category of Herbs
(7)Creeping Herbs: 73 Drugs
(8)Appendix: 19 Drugs
25.Volume 19: The Category of Herbs
(9)Aquatic Herbs: 23 Drugs
26.Volume 20: The Category of Herbs
(10)Herbs from Rocky Land: 19 Drugs
27.Volume 21: The Category of Herbs
(11)Mosses: 16 Drugs
(12)Miscellaneous Herbs: 9 Drugs
(13)Drugs with their Names Recorded But Not Yet in Use: 153 Drugs
28.Volume 22: The Category of Cereals
(1)Sesame, Wheat and Rice: 12 Drugs
29.Volume 23: The Category of Cereals
(2)Millet: 18 Drugs
30.Volume 24: The Category of Cereals
(3)Beans: 14 Drugs
31.Volume 25: The category of Cereals
(4)Brewed and Prepared: 29 Drugs
32.Volume 26: The Category of Vegetables
(1)Brewed and Prepared: 29 Drugs
33.Volume 27: The Category of Vegetables
(2)Soft and Slippery: 41 Drugs
34.Volume 28: The Category of Vegetable
(3)Melons: 11 Drugs
(4)Aquatic Products: 6 Drugs
(5)Fungi: 15 Drugs
35.Volume 29: The Category of Fruits
(1)Five Fruits: 11 Drugs
36.Volume 30: the Category of Fruits
(2) Mountain Fruits: 34 Drugs
37.Volume 31: The Category of Fruits
(3) Exotic Fruits: 31 Drugs
38.Volume 32: The Category of Fruits
(4)Spices: 13 Drugs
39.Volume 33: The Category of Fruits
(5)Melons and Berries: 9 Drugs
(6)Aquatic Fruits: 6 drugs
40.Volume 34: The Category of Woods
(1)Fragrant Woods: 35 Drugs
41.Volume 35: the Category of Woods
(2)Arbor Woods: 52 Drugs
42.Volume 36: The Category of Woods
(3)Bush Woods: 51 Drugs
43.Volume 37: The Category of Woods
(4)Parasitic Woods: 12 Drugs
(5)Bamboos: 4 Drugs
(6)Miscellaneous Woods: 7 Drugs
(7)Appendix: 19 Drugs
44.Volume 38: The Category of Fabrics and Utensils
(1)Fabrics: 25 Drugs
(2)Utensils: 54 Drugs
45.Volume 39: The Category of Insects, Worms and Amphibians
(1)Oviparous; 23 Drugs
46.Volume 40: The Category of Insects, Worms and Amphibians
(2)Oviparous: 22 Drugs
47.Volume 41: The Category of Insects, worms and Amphibians
(3)Incubated: 31 Drugs
48.Volume 42: The Category of Insects, Worms and Amphibians
(4)Amphibians and Worms:23 Drugs
(5)Appendix: 7 Drugs
49.Volume 43: The Category of Animals with Scales
(1)Dragons: 9 Drugs
(2)Snakes: 17 Drugs
50.Volume 44: the Category of Animals with Scales
(3)Fish: 31 Drugs
(4)Fish Without Scales: 28 Drugs
(5)Appendix: 9 Drugs
51.Volume 45: The Category of Shells
(1)Tortoises and Turtles: 17 Drugs
52.Volume 46: The Category of Shells
(2)Mussels and Clams: 29 Drugs
53.Volume 47: The Category of Fowls
(1)Aquatic Fowls: 23 Drugs
54.Volume 48: The Category of Fowls
(2) Land Fowls: 23 Drugs
55.Volume 49: The Category of Fowls
(3)Forest Fowls: 17 Drugs
(4)Mountain Fowls: 13 Drugs
(5)Appendix: 1 Drugs
56.Volume 50: The Category of Animals
(1)Domestic Animals: 28 Drugs
57.Volume 51: The Category of Animals
(2)Wild Animals: 38 Drugs
(3)Mice: 12 Drugs
(4)Others: 8 Drugs
58.Volume 52: The Category of Humans
(1)Humans: 37 Clauses
59.Appendixes
(1)Names of Drugs in English
(2)Names of Drugs in Latin
(3)Names of Drugs in Pinyin and Chinese Characters
(4)Titles of Books in Pinyin and Chinese Characters
(5)Names of Prescriptions in Pinyin and Chinese Characters
(6)Names of Persons in Pinyin and Chinese Characters
(7)Names of Places in Pinyin and Chinese Characters
(8)Official Titles in Pinyin and Chinese Characters


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