Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Kaitai shinsho

Johann Adam Kulmus... Kaitai shinsho (Tōbu [Edo]: Suharaya Ichibē shi, An'ei 3 [1774]). "...Kaitai shinsho is considered to be the first Western book published in Japan in the Japanese language. It was also a large step in the development of European medicine in Japan, mainly because it called into question the Chinese anatomical theories of Japan's kampō medicine.
While the majority of the woodcut illustrations are from Kulmus' work, a few are from different sources. The introductory illustration featuring Adam and Eve is taken from the title page of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Vivae imagines partium corporis humani, published by Christopher Plantin in Antwerp in 1572. The final four images showing the tendons of the hands and feet are taken from Govand Bidloo's Ontleding des menschelyken lichaams, published in Amsterdam in 1690." From Historical Anatomies on the Web at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


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