A Survey of the Contents 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:
A Survey of the Contents of the Su wen

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This chapter sheds light on the contents of the Su wen, which presumably incorporated a much larger number of original texts, none of which appears to have made it into any of the official bibliographies. Wang Bing added seven comprehensive discourses in the eighth century, thereby increasing the Su wen by 50 percent. This increase enables him to draw on a vast corpus of texts presumably written during the Han era and transmitted through the centuries without being listed in any of the private or public book lists. The references to textual sources in the Su wen can be divided into three groups. First, there are more or less apparent cross-references to passages found elsewhere, either in the Su wen or in the Ling shu. Second, a number of texts that must have existed parallel to texts included in the Su wen are quoted at greater or lesser length. Third, several titles are mentioned as references to texts that appear important in a specific context but are not quoted verbatim.

Keywords: Su wen; Han era; Ling shu; Nan jing; Fachprosa

Chapter.  104336 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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