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Die Redefigur 'Substanz a produziert Wirkung B' in den frühen Rezeptarien und der "Materia Medica" der chinesischen Textkultur

F. R. A. Schmidt
Early Science and Medicine
Vol. 7, No. 2 (2002), pp. 121-137
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4130216
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

This article focuses on the interaction between recipes unearthed from tombs datable to the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and the early history of the materia medica. We observed that the two medicographic media, i.e. the materia medica and the recipes, share the following logical structure: [Substance] A [produces] -> [effect] B Our arrow (→) indicates a variety of relations, which the present article tries to categorize. As is shown in detail, the routine A → B is on the whole more standardized in the materia medica than in the recipes. However, we try to document that all of the categorized types of the routine A → B were already present in the recipes at the beginning of the Han dynasty. This allows us to postulate that the materia medica itself can be described as the outgrowth of medicographical routines existing as early as the second century BC.

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