Beng lou cases of Ding Gan-Ren

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Translated with commentary by Nick Dent

Ding Gan-Ren (1865-1926) was, in Volker Scheid’s words, “one of the most influential physicians of the late Imperial and early Republican era”. A prominent exponent of the Menghe tradition of Chinese medicine popular in Shanghai and the Jiangnan area of China, Ding set up the Shanghai Technical College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1915 and wrote a number of books. The cases this article discusses, however, are from the book Ding Gan Ren Yi An (Ding Gan-Ren’s Medical Case Records) which was compiled by his students.

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