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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2020, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (3): 192-195.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2020.03.003

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Challenge to the statement that Wang Haogu was Zhang Yuansu’s disciple*

Yu Miao, Zhang Huikang, Zhou Jichun#   

  1. School of Basic Medicine, Hebei University of Chinese Medicine, Hebei 050200, China
  • Received:2019-08-09 Published:2020-04-13
  • Contact: Prof. Zhou Jichun, MA, Master’s Supervisor. Hebei University of Chinese Medicine. No. 3 Xingyuan Road, Luquan District, Shijiazhuang 050200. E-mail: jichunzhou 1976@163.com

Abstract: When it comes to the Yishui School, named after the founder Zhang Yuansu’s native district in Hebei Province, it is widely believed that both Li Dongyuan and Wang Haogu were once disciples of Zhang Yuansu, and Wang Haogu, younger than Li Dongyuan, later became Li’s disciple. Based on a textual research into relevant information from biographies, prefaces and postscripts of related works and relevant historical materials, we drew the conclusion that: Once a successful candidate well-versed in Confucian classics in the highest imperial examinations when he was young, Wang Haogu developed great interest in traditional Chinese medicine later and learned from Li Dongyuan, but he had never been a disciple of Zhang Yuansu, and Wang Haogu was older than Li Dongyuan. The misunderstanding that “Wang Haogu was Zhang Yuansu’s disciple” originated from the Siku Quanshu Zongmu (Annotated Catalog of the Complete Library in the Four Branches of Literature), and the other misunderstanding that “Wang Haogu learned traditional Chinese medicine in his early years, and Wang Haogu was younger than Li Dongyuan” originated from the postscript of Yinzheng Lueli (Discussions and Cases of Yin Patterns of Cold Damage) by Wang Yuezhen of the Qing Dynasty.

Key words: Wang Haogu, Zhang Yuansu, challenge

CLC Number: 

  • R2-09