The Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine (東醫寶鑑, 1613), also known as the Donguibogam, written by Heo Jun (許浚, 1539–1615) of the Joseon Dynasty (朝鮮, 1392–1910) of Korea, is one of the best-known medical textbooks in the history of Korean medicine. It has been very popular, in academic terms as well, throughout East Asian countries, and it is also the first medical textbook to have been included in the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO. This literature has been an interesting subject of study for medical historians because Heo Jun employed the term Eastern medicine (Dongui, 東醫) and because this term is intertwined with various theses, such as spatiotemporal aspects of knowledge, universality versus specificity, centrality versus peripherality, self-awareness of local agents, and the shaping of tradition. What, then, could be said about the characteristics and historical...
Donguibogamgwa Dongasia Euihaksa 동의보감과동아시아의학사 [Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine and the History of East Asian Medicine]
Kiebok Yi received his doctor of philosophy in science and technology studies from Seoul National University and is now a postdoctoral researcher at EASTmedicine Research Centre at the University of Westminster. His research interests focus on the history of Korean medicine and science in premodern periods (seventeenth to early twentieth century). He is a coauthor of the 2015 book Yeoksimanpil: Joseon Eoui Yisugiui Donguibogam Siljeonki 歷試漫筆: 朝鮮 御醫 이수귀의 東醫寶鑑 실전기 (Rambling Essays on Attested Experiences: Applications of “Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine” by King Physician Yi Sugi of Joseon Dynasty) and a number of articles on the body, medical case histories, and Sasang medicine.
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Kiebok Yi; Donguibogamgwa Dongasia Euihaksa 동의보감과동아시아의학사 [Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine and the History of East Asian Medicine]. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 March 2018; 12 (1): 97–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-3770363
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