Medicine is no minor art


By Zhang Jingyue
translation by Allen Tsaur

“Medicine is no minor art” comes from the Complete Compendium of Zhang Jingyue. In this personal writing, Zhang (1563-1640), a medical luminary of the Ming dynasty, recounts an encounter with an extraordinary person in Korea. It questions the meaning of being a practitioner. Is the purport of medicine simply about the act of practising? Furthermore, what is the ultimate aim of medicine?


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