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Venerating the Root, part I

Venerating the Root, part I

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Sabine Wilms' translation of the first half of Sun Simiao's writings on pediatrics, found in volume 5 of the Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方.

Paperback ISBN-13: 9780991342907

Hardcover ISBN-13: 9780991342976

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This book is a literal translation of the first half of Volume 5 from the Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方 on pediatrics, composed by Sun Simiao 孫思邈 in the seventh century. It includes the following features:

  • 40 pages of introductory matter and 323 pages of main text.
  • A critical edition of the Chinese text with the literal English translation on opposing pages.
  • Four main sections on "Preface," "Emergence of the Newborn from the Abdomen," "Fright Seizures," and "Intrusive Upset." Here is a link to the Table of Contents.
  • For an excerpt from the Preface, click here.
  • Extensive translator's notes that explain individual terms, medical concepts, alternative readings of passages, translation issues, etc.
  • Clinical commentary by Dr. Brenda Hood. For a sample from the section on Fright Seizures, click here.
  • Interspersed throughout the translation and commenting on each major formula in the text, a full translation of the section on pediatrics from the Qian Jin Fang Yan Yi 千金方衍義, a commentary on the Qian Jin Fang composed in 1698 by the famous physician Zhang Lu 張璐. See here for a translation of Sun Simiao's entry on "Longdan Tang" followed by Zhang Lu's commentary.
  • Forewords by Peter Firebrace and Genevieve LeGoff, including a poem by Peter Firebrace that summarizes the content.
  • A Preface by Sabine Wilms, excerpted on the page on "Nurturing the Small" under the "Teachings" tab.
  • A general index and indexes for single herbs and formulas, indications, acupuncture and moxibustion, and proper names.

For more information and a summary of the Preface, see the page on "Nurturing the Small" on this website. For a review by Stephen Scott Cowan, click here.