by SHI FA (or SHI, Guitang, or ZHENG, Qing; J.: SHIH, Fa)
Several small woodcuts in the text. 52 folding leaves. Three parts in one vol. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers stained dark brown with fermented persimmon juice (well repaired). [Japan]: from the final leaf: "mid-Autumn 1622." Second edition to be published in Japan (1st ed.: a movable type edition printed ca. 1600-15), printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. Shi was a Southern Song dynasty doctor who wrote this work on the pulse and diagnostic methods. It was first published in China in 1241. WorldCat lists only one copy outside of Japan, at the BSB in Munich. Shi describes the classic methods of diagnosis: the general observation of the patient and his skin color; the shape, color, and markings of the tongue; unusual odors of the body, mouth, and urine; listening to the patient's speech, respiration, and other sounds for illness; and inquiring about the patient's medical history. He also explains how to make a diagnosis by feeling a patient's pulse and relating the sounds to a complicated pulse system. There is much on acupuncture and moxibustion as well as the preparation of herbal drugs. Shi also discusses the five organs, the twelve meridians, the seven varieties of irregular pulses (scattered, intermittent, swift, hollow, faint, surging, and hidden) and their relationships to certain diseases (including typhoid, fevers, diabetes, diarrhea, intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, cough, stroke, insanity, cholera, internal bleeding, and poisoning), methods of diagnosing internal diseases, various symptoms (sweating, nausea, palpitations, etc.), obstetrical and pediatric matters, etc., etc. The series of small woodcuts in the second part depict in a most interesting way the kinds of irregular pulses. A very good copy. Minor browning and dampstaining. A number of leaves have careful repairs of worming in the upper margins (occasionally touching the text).
(Inventory #: 7517)