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The Resource The monkey and the inkpot : natural history and its transformations in early modern China, Carla Nappi

The monkey and the inkpot : natural history and its transformations in early modern China, Carla Nappi

Label
The monkey and the inkpot : natural history and its transformations in early modern China
Title
The monkey and the inkpot
Title remainder
natural history and its transformations in early modern China
Statement of responsibility
Carla Nappi
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the story of a Chinese doctor, his book, and the creatures that danced within its pages. The Monkey and the Inkpot introduces natural history in sixteenth-century China through the iconic Bencao gangmu (Systematic materia medica) of Li Shizhen (1518-1593)." "The encyclopedic Bencao gangmu is widely lauded as a classic embodiment of pre-modern Chinese medical thought. In the first book-length study in English of Li's text, Carla Nappi reveals a "cabinet of curiosities" of gems, beasts, and oddities whose author was devoted to using natural history to guide the application of natural and artificial objects as medical drugs. Nappi examines the making of facts and weighing of evidence in a massive collection where tales of wildmen and dragons were recorded alongside recipes for ginseng and peonies." "Nappi challenges the idea of a monolithic tradition of Chinese herbal medicine by showing the importance of debate and disagreement in early modern scholarly and medical culture. The Monkey and the Inkpot also illuminates the modern fate of a book that continues to shape alternative healing practices, global pharmaceutical markets, and Chinese culture."--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nappi, Carla Suzan
Dewey number
508.0951
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
QH21.C6
LC item number
N37 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2009 K-656
  • QH 21.C6
NLM item number
N217m 2009
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Li, Shizhen
  • Li, Shizhen
  • Li, Shizhen
  • Natural history
  • Medicine, Chinese
  • Naturalists
  • Physicians
  • Scholars
  • Learning and scholarship
  • China
  • Education
  • History, Early Modern 1451-1600
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Physicians
  • China
  • Li, Shizhen
  • Li, Shizhen
  • Li, Shizhen
  • NATURE
  • NATURE
  • TRAVEL
  • HISTORY
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Intellectual life
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Medicine, Chinese
  • Natural history
  • Naturalists
  • Physicians
  • Scholars
  • China
  • Arzneibuch
  • Medizin
  • China
Label
The monkey and the inkpot : natural history and its transformations in early modern China, Carla Nappi
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-205) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Conception: Birth of a naturalist -- Generation: Anantomy of a naturalist -- (Interlude) Here be dragons: A reader's guide to the Bencao gangmu -- Transformation: Elements of change -- Transformation: Sprouts of change -- Transformation: Bodies of change -- Transformation: Creatures of change -- Conclusion. Rot and rebirth: The afterlife and reincarnation of a naturalist -- Appendices. A: Li Shizhen, Lidai zhujia bencao [Bencao works through the ages]; B: Contents of the Bencao gangmu [Systematic materia medica]
Control code
650350221
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 234 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674054356
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674054356
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt134914n
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)650350221
Label
The monkey and the inkpot : natural history and its transformations in early modern China, Carla Nappi
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-205) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Conception: Birth of a naturalist -- Generation: Anantomy of a naturalist -- (Interlude) Here be dragons: A reader's guide to the Bencao gangmu -- Transformation: Elements of change -- Transformation: Sprouts of change -- Transformation: Bodies of change -- Transformation: Creatures of change -- Conclusion. Rot and rebirth: The afterlife and reincarnation of a naturalist -- Appendices. A: Li Shizhen, Lidai zhujia bencao [Bencao works through the ages]; B: Contents of the Bencao gangmu [Systematic materia medica]
Control code
650350221
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 234 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674054356
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674054356
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt134914n
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)650350221

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