Compendium of Materia Medica (Běncǎo Gāngmù 本草纲目)


A page from an 18th century edition of the Compendium of Materia Medica.

The Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao gangmu; 1596) was an encyclopedic work of medicine and natural history written by Li Shizhen (1518–1593) in the last decades of the sixteenth century. Since the early seventeenth century it has become one of the most widely cited and studied books in the history of Chinese science and medicine.

An encyclopedic work….

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