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A Dictionary of the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen

Hermann Tessenow, Paul U. Unschuld


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This dictionary reflects the English meanings of Chinese characters and character compounds laid down in the annotated edition of the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, translated by Hermann Tessenow and Paul U. Unschuld. The Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen is a seminal text of ancient Chinese medicine and natural philosophy. It reflects empirical knowledge and the doctrines of yin-yang and Five Agents in the perception of the human body and its organs, qi and the blood, pathogenic agents, concepts of disease and diagnosis, and a variety of therapies, including acupuncture. The original printing of this title contained an enclosed CD containing two concordances that list all characters along the pinyin-alphabetical sequence. These contents can now be accessed on the product page of the website under "Downloads" (

Praise For A Dictionary of the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen

“Tessenow and Unschuld . . . have provided a powerful tool for verifying and deepening our understanding of the text, and developed a format for future publications that will have a lasting impact.”
— Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

University of California Press, 9780520253582, 824pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 2008

About the Author

Hermann Tessenow is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for the History of Medicine at Munich University. Paul U. Unschuld is Professor and Director of the Horst-Goertz Institute for the Theory, History, and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences at Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin and is the author of Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: Nature, Knowledge, Imagery in an Ancient Chinese Medical Text (UC Press, 2003).