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Li Shizhen

Li Shizhen

Li Shizhen, courtesy name Dongbi, was a Han Chinese polymath, medical doctor, scientist, pharmacologist, herbalist and acupuncturist of the Ming dynasty. His major contribution to clinical medicine was his 27-year work, which is found in his scientific book Compendium of Materia Medica. He is also considered to be the greatest scientific naturalist of China, and developed many innovative methods for the proper classification of herb components and medications to be used for treating diseases. The Bencao Gangmu is a huge medical encyclopedic text with 1,892 entries, each entry with its own name called a gang. The mu in the title refers to the synonyms of each name. The book has details ... more on Wikipedia

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