Shimpen Sanko [trans.: Treatment of Complications from Pregnancy and Labor].
by KUWABARA, Juan (or KORECHIKA).
15 full-page illus. 42; 38 folding leaves. Two vols. in one. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, modern stitching. Kyoto: 1821. Second edition. "A quaint thought, but an altogether delightful one, is suggested in the title San ko, the interpretation of which we read in the preface as 'childbearing...is like a ferry boat which is sailing on a big ocean.' That two-volume obstetrical work was written entirely in Chinese characters by the Japanese physician Korechika or Ishin Kuwabara, and was first published in 1813 with a later edition in 1821 under the title Shimpen san ko. The illustrations are well-drawn. It is intriguing to see again the representation of one-egg and two-egg twins, with no comment in the text other than 'the two fetuses have one ena [placenta]' or 'each fetus has its own ena,' respectively. In that work some attempt was made to describe embryonic malformations and fetal monsters, and there is an illustration of anencephalia."- Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, II, p. 495. Fine copy. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5027)
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