3rd December 2019

Science Li Shizhen

Science Li Shizhen


Craig Clunas at the University of Oxford

Anne Gerritsen at the University of Warwick

Roel Sterckx at the University of Cambridge

Li Shizhen – Science Museum

First edition of Bencao Gangmu – Wellcome Collection

Example of illustrations in the Bencao Gangmu – Wellcome Collection

Bencao Gangmu – ChinaKnowledge.de: An Encyclopaedia on Chinese History, Literature and Art

Li Shizhen – Wikipedia


Craig Clunas, Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644 (Reaktion Books, 2007)

T. J. Hinrichs and Linda L. Barnes, Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013)

Elizabeth Hsu (ed.), Innovation in Chinese Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Liu Yanchi, Kathleen Vian, and Peter Eckman, The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Columbia University Press, 1998)

Vivienne Lo and Penelope Barrett (eds.), Imagining Chinese Medicine (Brill, 2018), especially ‘The Limits of Illustration: Animalia and Pharmacopeia from Guo Pu to Bencao Gangmu’ by Roel Sterckx

Georges Métailié, Science and Civilisation in China, VI: 4 Biology and Biological Technology (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Carla Nappi, The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and its Transformations in Early Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Dagmar Schäfer, The Crafting of the Ten-Thousand Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Li Shizhen (trans. Xiwen Luo), Compendium of Materia Medica: Bencao Gangmu (Foreign Languages Press, 2003)

Roel Sterckx, Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding (Penguin, 2019), especially chapter 6

Paul U. Unschuld, Traditional Chinese Medicine: Heritage and Adaptation (Columbia University Press, 2017)

Paul U. Unschuld, Medicine in China: A History of Ideas (University of California Press, 2010)

Paul U. Unschuld and Zhang Zhibin (eds.), Dictionary of the Ben Cao Gang Mu, 3 vols. (University of California Press, 2014-18)


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