Mid C20 Chinese medical illustration in trad. style: Smallpox
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Youke san zhong (Three Books of Paediatrics) is a mid 20th century composite edition of three classics of paediatrics: Zengbu douzhen yusui jinjing lu (The Gold And Chalcedony Mirror of Pox Diseases, Expanded Edition) by Weng Zhongren (Ming period, 1368-1644), Youke tiejing (Iron Mirror of Paediatrics) by Xia Ding (Qing period, 1644-1911), and Xiao'er tuina guangyi (Overview of Paediatric tuina Massage) by Xiong Yingxiong (Qing period). A small number of illustrations are included in a supplement.
This illustration of ' Lip Lock' (suochun) pox, in traditional ink and brush style, comes from The Gold And Chalcedony Mirror of Pox Diseases.
The text states:The lips constitute the opening orifice of the spleen. If the spleen organ is in balance, pox (dou) will not erupt at the lips; but when poisonous malignities coagulate in the Spleen channel, pox lesions cluster on the upper and lower lips. Some of the lesions are yellow, mature and wax-like, while others are black, hard and dry and exude blood. This should be treated by purging the fire and removing the poisons, by means of Yellow-Purging powder and pig's tail grease.