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Physiognomic chart: disgnostic correlations of facial sectors


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Woodblock illustration from Wang Shuhe Maijue (Wang Shuhe's Secrets of the Pulse), edition of 1624 (4th year of the Tianqi reign period of the Ming dynasty) -- physiognomic chart showing the correspondences between the facial sectors and the internal organs affected by illness. The complexion of each sector changes according to the seasons. By observing these changes, one can arrive at a prognosis of the course and outcome of an illness.

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PICTURE TITLE: Prognosis of life or death on the basis of seasonal visual examination. OTHER LETTERING: Ganmu (liver grave); nianshang (advanced in age); gall bladder; stomach; feishu (lung conveyor); xinquan (Heart's Power)

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