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Chinese C18: Paediatric pox - 'Inverted Dimple' pox

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Illustration of 'Inverted Dimple' (daoye) pox from Yizong jinjian: Douzhen xinfa yaojue (The Golden Mirror Of Medicine: Essential Knowledge and Secrets of Pox Diseases).

A medical anthology in 90 juan (volumes/fascicles), Yizong jinjian was executed as an imperial commission by Wu Qian (Qing period, 1644-1911) et al., and printed in Beijing at Wuyingdian (the Hall of Martial Prowess - the imperial printing house) in 1742 (7th year of the Qianlong reign period of the Qing dynasty). Douzhen xinfa yaojue (The Golden Mirror Of Medicine: Essential Knowledge and Secrets of Pox Diseases) is one of 15 monographs included in it. This text deals with the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric pox (er douzhen) (or small pox, tianhua). It runs to four juan and is divided into three sections: 'Essential knowledge and secrets' ; 'Appearance and treatment of pox'; 'Various symptoms of pox diseases'.

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Image caption: Illustration of 'Inverted Dimple' (daoye) [pox]

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