Mid C20 Chinese medical illustration in trad. style: Smallpox
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Youke san zhong (Three Books of Paediatrics) is a mid 20th century composite edition of three classics of paediatrics: Zengbu douzhen yusui jinjing lu (The Gold And Chalcedony Mirror of Pox Diseases, Expanded Edition) by Weng Zhongren (Ming period, 1368-1644), Youke tiejing (Iron Mirror of Paediatrics) by Xia Ding (Qing period, 1644-1911), and Xiao'er tuina guangyi (Overview of Paediatric tuina Massage) by Xiong Yingxiong (Qing period). A small number of illustrations are included in a supplement.
This illustration of 'Gathered on the Breast' pox, in traditional ink and brush style, comes from The Gold And Chalcedony Mirror of Pox Diseases.
The text states: 'Gathered on the Breast' (cuan xiong) refers to a pox with a rash concentrated on the chest area, due to toxic heat in the chest. As the chest is in close proximity to the five viscera, in case of any pathological change, posions can immediately penetrate into the interior of the body. It is treated in the same way as 'Gathered on the Back' (cuan bei) pox.