A Heart Approach to Gynecology: Essentials in Verse (Fu Ke Xin Fa Yao Jue)
A Heart Approach to Gynecology, the Fu Ke Xin Fa Yao Jue, is the gynaecology section of the imperial compilation known as the Golden Mirror of Orthodox Medicine, a comprehensive, 90-volume compendium of medical theory and practice compiled by court physicians in 1742 and used as a textbook for the Imperial Medical School in the Qing dynasty. The authors claimed that the Golden Mirror contained the core of Chinese medical doctrine stating that: without this 'bright, golden mirror', replete with vivid illustrations and effective therapies for many disorders, how could scholars see the origin and lineage of orthodox Chinese medicine clearly? Compared to other classics on gynaecology, this work was both a relatively modern text and relatively brief. Nonetheless, it rapidly gained favour among working physicians, which it retains until today. It is distinguished by its concise and well-expressed insights presented in verses complemented by annotations. The text was highly regarded as it was a rigorous and scholarly work that covered a wide variety of gynaecological issues in a manner that allowed the key clinical points to be rapidly assimilated. Furthermore, the formulas contained within were effective and based upon generations of experience. The Chinese name for this text includes the phrase 'xin fa' which means 'heart approach'. A 'heart approach' refers to an understanding that comes after a long period of thought. In the six-scroll gynaecology section, the most common topics related to women’s health are presented. Chapters are structured with verses followed by annotations and are dedicated to menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. Altogether, 161 classical formulas and their variations are presented. Focusing on identifying yin and yang patterns of illness based on presenting signs, the Fu Ke investigates women’s health in a clear and systematic way, epitomising the unique and sophisticated philosophy and style of Chinese medicine, drawing from major medical classics and presenting information in a concise way for easy learning. It is a unique text that represents the pinnacle achievements of Chinese medicine prior to the modern era. However, it is not just a medical classic of the past; it is also a useful text in the modern day. It covers conditions that are timeless and common, and provides insights into the evolution of Chinese medical theory. It offers the reader a glimpse into history and culture while simultaneously offering clinically useful tools for the modern day. By following the instructions of the authors, readers will understand how to utilise many classical formulas and their variations, and create their own formulas based on what they have learned from this text. Shen Yu, the primary translator, is a Chinese traditional physician trained at Beijing University. She is currently practising in Israel. Bob Damone, who assisted with clinical commentary, is professor at Pacific College in San Diego. [Synopis from Redwing Reviews]
240 x 170mm, index, bibliography, footnotes, original Chinese text.