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JPEG name & KWC reference # being translated: UNKNOWN – this came from file cabinet in interpretive center with files of “unknown books”

Name of Translators: Beth Howlett, MAcOM, LAc
Michael Johnson
Min-hwa Lee
Jana Ching
Jason Gauruder


Book Title:
Characters
Pinyin
English
(精校増補) 萬病回春
(Jing Jiao Zeng Bu)Wan Bing Hui Chun
(Annotated for Instruction) Return to Spring from 10,000 Illnesses




Author and Publication Information:

Characters
Pinyin
English

龔廷賢

Gong Dingxian (Tingxian?)
n/a

上海廣益書局刊印

Shanghai guang yi shu ju kan yin
Periodical Printed by Shanghai Many Blessings Book Company


Date of Publication:

Characters
Pinyin
English
華民國四年
Zhong hua min guo si nian
People’s Republic Year Four (1915 CE)


Background Information:

The original work wan bing hui chun was written ca. 1615 by Gong Dingxian (Kung T’ing-hsien) and was a mnemonic herbal primer for beginning students written largely in verse. Gong was a member of the Ch’i-Huang school of medical practitioners in the seventeenth century, author of several medical texts and an official in the Imperial Medical Department.[[#_ftn1|[1]]]
As the KWC volume is clearly marked “supplemented” and was in the possession of a man alive in the 1800’s, it seems safe to say it is not original, but a reprint with supplemental notes designed for the beginning student. The cover page tells us when and where this reprint was made: it was published by the Shanghai guangyi shuju (The Shanghai many blessings book company) in approximately 1915. I believe 1915 because it states “Chinese people’s nation year 4” on the title page and year 4 of the Republic should be 1915. There are two versions of the original text in library collections in Korea and Japan. I am not sure about any holdings of this particular reprint.

Additional information access on 6.12.10 from http://www.itmonline.org/arts/kampo.htm
Another important influence in the Kohoha School, at least for those who did not stick tenaciously to the works of Zhang Zhongjing, was the book by the Chinese physician Gong Tingxian (1522-1619), Wanbing Huichun (1587), written by his student Dai Mangong, who later immigrated to Japan. Another immigrant from China was Ma Rongyu, a scholar of the Neijing; his son studied under Gong Tingxian and helped expound his works.
Gong's prescriptions relied heavily on the framework developed by the Shanghan Lun, Hejiju Fang, and other ancient texts. He made larger formulas that combined the earlier smaller formulas, and then added a number of herbs that were in vogue at the time (mainly herbs for dispelling heat, cleaning toxins, and resolving swellings; he worked during the time when the concept of epidemic warm diseases was evolving). A good example of Gong's formulations is Tang-kuei and Gardenia Combination (Wen Qing Tang), which is an eight-herb formulation comprised of a four-herb formula (Coptis and Scute Combination) from Ge Hong's Prescriptions for Emergencies (340 A.D.) and a four-herb formula from the Hejiju Fang (Tang-kuei Four Combination). Tang-kuei and Gardenia Combination would then serve as a base for a large prescription, such as Gardenia and Vitex Combination (Xigan Mingmu Tang), in which Gong incorporated mentha, schizonepeta, platycodon, gypsum, cassia, and other herbs that were commonly used in heat-cleansing prescriptions
Here are some descriptions of the text from several Chinese language sites:
十、《万病回春》
《万病回春》,龚廷贤撰于万历十五年(1587),刊本甚多。现存最早者是万历三十年(1602)金陵周氏重刊本,其他有万历四十三年(1615)经纶堂重刊本、明活字印本。阊门书林叶龙溪刻本,清代康熙、道光、同治年间各种刻本,近现代重刊本和日本元和活字本,共30多种。明活字本题作《新刊万病回春》、道光二十五年(1845)桐石山房刻本作《新刊增补万病回春》、明善成堂本作《新刊增补万病回春原本》,绿慎堂本等作《详校万病回春》,锦章书同铅印本作《增补万病回春》。1984年人民卫生出版社以清代江东书局石印本为底本,参照其他版本校补、勘误后而印行。
全书共8卷。卷1前列“万金统一述”,总论天地人、阴阳五行、脏腑功能、主病脉证等。次载药性歌、诸病主药、脏腑、经脉等项目。卷2~8分别论述内外妇儿五官等科病证184种,每病均阐述病因、病机、治法,方药等内容,后附医案。卷末附“云林暇笔”,载有“医家十要”等,有的版本还附有“龚氏家训”等篇。
龚氏辨证详明,选方精当,论治恰切。书末所附“医家十要”,广泛涉及医学伦理学、医学社会学的问题,很有参考价值。
Sourced from
http://www.wujue.com/zyzy/zyls/mingdai/200509/175.html on 5/14/201


[[#_ftnref1|[1]] Unschuld, Paul (1986) Medicine in China: A History of Pharmaceutics. University of California Press; Berkeley. 252-253.