Origin and Tradition of the Textus Receptus of the <i>Su wen</i>

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:
Origin and Tradition of the Textus Receptus of the Su wen

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This chapter presents the origin and tradition of the textus receptus of the Su wen. Imperial committees edited the Su wen three times in the eleventh century, but no records exist explaining the background of the activities around the ancient classic. An editorial office was founded in 1057 to edit an entire series of what may have been considered the core texts of Chinese medicine. The preface to the Chong guang bu zhu Huang Di nei jing su wen demonstrates some of the difficulties medicine encountered in its attempts to gain recognition as a serious field of knowledge and practice by the state administration. Ma Shi wrote the Huang Di nei jing su wen zhu zheng fa wei in nine chapters in 1586. Wu Kun wrote the “Huang Di nei jing su wen zhu in twenty-four juan” in 1594, which was then was published in 1609. The book became one of the most influential commentated versions of the Su wen with changes and supplementations inserted into the original text

Keywords: Su wen; Chinese medicine; Su wen; Chinese society; Imperial Editorial Office

Chapter.  7824 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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