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Chinese woodcut, Famous medical figures: Huangfu Mi

Gan Bozong (Tang period, 618-907)

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One of a series of woodcuts of illustrious physicians and legendary founders of Chinese medicine from an edition of Bencao mengquan (Introduction to the Pharmacopoeia), engraved in the Wanli reign period of the Ming dynasty (1573-1620) -- Volume preface, 'Lidai mingyi hua xingshi' (Portraits and names of famous doctors through history). The images are attributed to a Tang (618-907) creator, Gan Bozong. The account in 'Portraits and Names of Famous Doctors through History' states: Huangfu Mi, lived under the Western Jin dynasty (265-316). His style-name was Shi'an, and he also called himself Master Xuanyan. He had a vast knowledge of ancient and contemporary scholarship, and possessed a library of 10,000 volumes. He was well-versed in prescribing and pulse diagnosis. He is the author of Zhenjiu jia-yi jing (The AB Canon of Acupuncture).

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Huangfu Shi'an (Huangfu Mi)

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