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?