Kyoto: Genroku period 12 (1699). Sewn Binding. 2 volumes. 4to (216 x 150 mm). Contemporary Japanese blue rice paper with silk ties, paper worn and torn in places; opening leaves of vol. 1 wormed in blank upper margins. Collation: ;  pp. + 11 large, mostly full page woodcuts and several smaller woodcuts in text. The volumes are worn; opening leaves of vol. 1 wormed in blank upper margins, occasionally affecting part of a character. There is some staining and foxing in text areas and dusting to edges. Numerous Japanese notations in red ink throughout text. Title from table of contents./ "Igaku shiyo sho ... cho Ryuunken ... " Cf. Kokusho somokuroku, v. 1, p. 146./ "Kottaihitsuretsu [?] ... ga henshitaru Kinran junkyo ... o honmon ni mochiite chuseraretari." Good +. Item #000020
This study on acupuncture was translated from Chinese to Japanese. This is a translation of a classical text from the Yuan dynasty (1264-1368) written by Hua Shou which translated literally is "An Elucidation of The Fourteen Channels or Meridians and their functions." According to the descritionn for a copy in the National Medical Library, "The work is divided into three parts: the first dealing with the circulation of the yin and yang in the arms and legs; the second with the course of the qi through the fourteen meridians; and the third with the eight "extraordinary vessels." Unlike many Western anatomies, Hua Shou's does not depict or describe the body's musculature or skeleton; in fact during this period and for many centuries afterward, Chinese physicians lacked a specific term for "muscle."