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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2019, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (2): 103-108.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2019.02.003

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Study on Shen Tong and his book Shigu

Yan Minmin, Huang Zuozhen#   

  1. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Online:2019-02-28 Published:2019-02-28
  • Contact: Huang Zuozhen, Doctoral supervisor. School of Chinese Classics, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. E-mail: huangzuozhen@126.com

Abstract: Shen Tong is a scholar of Qing Dynasty in classics study and textual criticism. He kept close contacts with masters of classics such as Hui Dong and Fang Bao. Xu Lingtai, a famous doctor in the Qing Dynasty, was his fellow townsman. He had lived in Xu’s hospital for a period of time, during which an acupuncturist asked him some questions about acupoint. Since he was ashamed of his ignorance of the structure of human body and worried about the erroneous exposition that had been circulated since the Tang Dynasty, he decided to write the book later known as Shigu. Shigu (Explaining bones) is a TCM anatomy book on bones. The main contents in this book included the names, locations and appearances of bones in all parts of body which had been mentioned in Huangdi’s Internal Classics and AB Classic of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. The exegesis and styles of this book are characterized by the statement that ”to confirm the word by classics, and explain classics with the word”. Although short in length, it had a profound influence. It was first published in Sixteenth years of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty (1751), and spread to Japan soon after its publication, becoming an important reference book for acupuncture and moxibustion as well as the explanation of Huangdi’s Internal Classics. It is of great significance in the history of TCM anatomy.

Key words: Shen Tong, ShiGu, textual research, Chinese medicine Anatomy

CLC Number: 

  • R223