Reviews 481 Jürgen Kovacs and Paul U. Unschuld, translators and annotators. Essential Subtleties on the Silver Sea: The Yin-hai jing-wei: A Chinese Classic on Ophthalmology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. xii, 503 pp. Hardcover $65.00, ISBN 0520080580. Western scholarship on the history of medicine in Asia has, until recently, focused on a few available sources in translation or on recent Chinese editions, and has drawn broad generalizations from these sources. Fortunately, more critical translations of older texts are becoming available for study, and this book is a fine example of this new scholarship. The older, overstated histories will soon be supplemented with more detailed, nuanced, and scholarly reappraisals of this important aspect of Chinese culture. This translation of Yin-hai jing-wei makes available to English-reading scholars the text of a standard work on conditions of the eye. This book provides a close look at both the conceptual and practical basis of medical practice as it relates to the eye in traditional China. In addition, the translators have provided a substantial commentary on the context of this work that is valuable in itself. The Yin-hai jing-wei (Essential subtleties on the silver sea) was compiled sometime between the Song and
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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