Early <i>Su wen</i> Texts and Commentaries before the Eleventh Century

Paul U. Unschuld

in Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233225
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928497 | DOI:
Early Su wen Texts and Commentaries before the Eleventh Century

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This chapter draws attention to early Su wen texts and commentaries before the eleventh century. Huangfu Mi (215–282) wrote the first medical text transmitted to the present containing historically datable contents that can be traced to the textus receptus of the Su wen. The Jia yi jing was written for practitioners, containing significantly fewer portions excerpted from the Su wen than from the Ling shu. The Jia yi jing was transmitted through the centuries in numerous handwritten copies showing increasing differences, such as in 1069, when the Imperial Editorial Office published an authoritative version in twelve juan that has formed the basis for all reprints and commentaries ever since. The first known commentated edition of the complete, Su wen, was compiled early in the sixth century by Quan Yuanqi. The bibliographic section of the official history of the Sui dynasty lists this book as “Huang Di su wen, 8 juan, with a commentary by Quan Yuanyue.”

Keywords: Su wen texts; Jia yi jing; Sui dynasty; Ling shu; juan

Chapter.  18684 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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