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This is the tale of a chinese language health professional, his publication, and the creatures that danced inside of its pages. The Monkey and the Inkpot introduces average background in sixteenth-century China in the course of the iconic Bencao gangmu (Systematic materia medica) of Li Shizhen (1518–1593).

The encyclopedic Bencao gangmu is commonly lauded as a vintage embodiment of pre-modern chinese language clinical notion. within the first book-length research in English of Li’s textual content, Carla Nappi unearths a “cabinet of curiosities” of gemstones, beasts, and oddities whose writer was once dedicated to utilizing common background to lead the applying of normal and synthetic items as clinical medicines. Nappi examines the making of evidence and weighing of proof in an incredible assortment the place stories of wildmen and dragons have been recorded along recipes for ginseng and peonies.

Nappi demanding situations the assumption of a monolithic culture of chinese language natural drugs through exhibiting the significance of discussion and war of words in early sleek scholarly and scientific tradition. The Monkey and the Inkpot additionally illuminates the trendy destiny of a ebook that keeps to form substitute therapeutic practices, international pharmaceutical markets, and chinese language culture.

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