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Chinese woodcut: Various facial boils and abscesses


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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). It shows the disease location for huxi du (Tiger's Whisker poisoning), longquan ju (Dragon Fountain abscess), zi yong (moustache abscess) and zi ding (moustache boil). Huxi du occurs on the chin, and longquan ju around the renzhong (Man's Middle) point, i.e. in the philtrum. Zi yong and zi ding both occur in the beard area, but the former is classed as an abscess (yong - flat abscess) and the latter as a boil (ding).

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PICTURE TITLE: Untitled. OTHER LETTERING: Huxi du (Tiger's Whisker poisoning); longquan ju (Dragon Fountain abscess); zi yong (moustache abscess); zi ding (moustache boil)

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