Library catalogue
Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

Chinese woodcut, illustrating food poisoning

  • Digital Images
  • Online

Available online

view Chinese woodcut, illustrating food poisoning


Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions
Credit: Chinese woodcut, illustrating food poisoning. Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Selected images from this work

About this work


In the centre of the picture, a man with food poisoning reclines on a bed. His facial expression indicates acute suffering. He is surrounded by members of his household, who are tending to him. In front of the bed on the right sits a doctor, who is explaining methods of treating food poisoning. Yinshan zhengyao records various methods of treatment for food poisoning. If the cause of the food poisoning cannot be ascertained and the patient is in distress, one should immediately give a decoction of sophora flavescens to induce vomiting. Alternatively one can administer a draught of rhinoceros horn, vinegar or good wine, all of which are said to have detoxicant properties. If the cause is known, specific antidotes can be used. For instance, abdominal distension due to a surfeit of melons can be treated by eating salt; and dijiang counteracts the effects of poisonous fungi.


Shiwu zhongdu (food poisoning)


Permanent link