Ancient Medical Books Unearthed in Chengdu to Be Published in Digital Form in 2022
author: 2022-05-12

In 2012, four Han Dynasty tombs were spotted in Chengdu, and archaeologists found a large number of medical books in Tomb No. 3, Tianhui Town.


After nearly ten years of collation and research at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the medical book "Tian Hui Yi Jian", written by the famous doctors Bian Que and Cang Gong, will be officially published in 2022.


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Eight precious medical books composed of nearly 1,000 medical records will be accessible to the public for the first time. The publication will be digital as part of the general literature and imaging database.


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This new form is an excellent example that Chinese museums and galleries have accelerated their digital transformation and have rolled out online exhibitions through digital technologies while exploring innovative ways to display their exhibits, regaling visitors with a cultural feast both online and offline.



Bian Que



According to semi-legends, Bian Que was the earliest known Chinese physician during the Warring States period. His real name is Qin Yueren.


In his early years, Bian Que studied medicine from a famous doctor at that time, and after completing his studies, he traveled around the world to treat ordinary people. In addition to practicing medicine in Hebei, he also went to Shanxi, Shaanxi, and other places. He was very enthusiastic and skilled. Thus, people started to call him Bian Que, an honorific title, same as the name of a legendary doctor.


Bian Que is considered to be the inventor of anaesthesia.


Bian Que

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Edited by Zhu Haiyue