Fukusho kiran yoku [trans.: Wonderful View of Abdominal Diagnoses. Second Series. Parts 1-4].
by WAKUDA, Yoshitora.
65 full-page woodcuts in the text, most of which are highlighted in blue. Four parts, each part in two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block printed title label on each upper cover (one lacking, some occasional & relatively inoffensive worming), new stitching. Edo & Osaka et al.: 1809-33-51-53. First editions and very rare; the sequel to Fuminori Inaba's Fukusho kiran (1801). During the first half of the 19th century, Japanese physicians began to favor palpation of the abdominal area over other forms of diagnosis. Fukusho Kiran was an outstanding work in the development of this new practice. In this sequel, published over a period of many years, Wakuda (1768-1824), a disciple of Inaba, continues to develop the method of palpation. He provides many corrections to Inaba's work and includes commentaries on Chinese and Japanese medical books and theories. The woodcut illustrations, which are extremely well-engraved, depict full-length images of patients suffering from various ailments, most of which have greenish blue markings indicating the seat of their complaints. Prescriptions for the ailments illustrated follow each woodcut. Several of the illustrations depict applications of moxa. Very good set. The final three parts were published posthumously. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-4928)
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