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Chinese woodcut: Scrofula


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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.

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

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