BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Chinese woodcut: Scrofula

Available online

view Chinese woodcut: Scrofula


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: Scrofula. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

About this work


Woodcut illustrating the 17th century Chinese medical text Yangyi daquan (Great Compendium of The Medicine of Sores) Gu Shicheng, from an edition published in 1901 (27th year of the Guangxu reign period of the Qing dynasty). The illustration shows the disease location and characteristics of scrofula (luoli) i.e. tuberculosis of the cervical lymph nodes. The disease, which occurs on the neck, resembles a string of clearly defined beads; the smaller ones are called luo and the larger ones li. There is no pain or redness. The nodes are hard in consistency, and can be moved with the fingers. Purulence or necrosis may set in; running sores then develop, discharging cheese-like matter or thin pus. If the disease remains untreated for a long period, fistulas may develop.


PICTURE TITLE: Illustration of scrofula (luoli). OTHER LETTERING: Luoli (scrofula)



We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.