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Commentary On The Discussion of Cold Damage With Annotations

Commentary On The Discussion of Cold Damage With Annotations

Written by Cheng Wuji and published in 1144 this is a complete commentary on the entire text of On Cold Damage (the Shang Han Lun) in the Song dynasty order. The entire text means that Cheng's commentary includes the four chapters on the pulse, as well as the chapters on the prohibitions in the back of the Shang Han Lun.

All told this adds another 250 lines of text to the Shang Han Lun. In addition to Cheng Wuji's commentary, Jonathan Schell has annotated and translated Cheng's lines with over 1600 lines from the Su Wen, 500 lines from the Ling Shu, 22 Difficulties from the Nan Jing, numerous passages from the Classic of the Pulse (Mai Jing), and commentary from Zhang Jingyue's Lei Jing, Zhang Zhicong's commentaries on the Su Wen and Ling Shu, Wang Bing's commentary on the Su Wen, and as well as numerous other Shang Han Lun commentators.

This books has been produced in full color, where the color has been used to show the attributed and unattributed quotes which the commentators use to illustrate their points. This book also includes 52 illustrations, 35 of which were composed by Cheng Wuji and 17 which have been composed by Jonathan Schell. This book illustrates the pinnacle of classical thought, where the reader through the annotations can trace Cheng's thought process, and apply the canonical texts of Chinese medicine, as cited by Cheng, to the understanding of the Shang Han Lun.

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JCM Review

The appearance of Mitchell, Feng & Wiseman translation of the Shang Han Lun in 1999 was pivotal for the understanding and use of classic formulas, Jing Fang, in the West. For the first time, the clauses were translated well, with the Chinese right there so that readers could delve into the richness of the characters for deepened understanding. Since that time, several other English translations have come out, each with their own strengths, and each expanding our ability to penetrate the classical understanding of Chinese herbal medicine. 2018 has been a watershed year for lovers of Jing Fang, as two new Shang Han Lun texts have been published. The first is the landmark text, Commentary on the Discussion of Cold Damage, translated by Jonathan Schell, and the second is Six Syndrome Guide to Classical Formulas, by Professor Feng Shi Lun, Suzanne Robidoux and Or Shampanier. Each of these texts has its place in the libraries of classic formula enthusiasts as they each give unique perspectives.

I am a herbal practitioner, scholar and teacher, whose primary tools and topics are classic formulas. When a new text comes out, I evaluate it based on ease of use (how frustrating to purchase an expensive and comprehensive Shang Han Lun, filled with commentary only to find that it is without a Pin Yin formula index?), clear, well written English, indepth commentary and explanation and access to the original Chinese text. Below is a review of each of these texts, and their strengths and weaknesses in these areas.

How lucky we are to have a sinophile like Jonathan Schell in our court. He has offered a truly spectacular resource for Jing Fang enthusiasts. This tome contains several important sections. Each section contains the original text in both Chinese and English as well as commentary from multiple sources. The primary source for commentary is Cheng Wu Ji. What adds incredible depth and usefulness to this text is that it is colour-coded to note when any passage from the Shang Han Lun or any of the commentary appears in another text. For example, if a line of characters is also seen in the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, then those characters will be written in brown text. The text is violet if the characters are also in the Mai Jing. This way, a Jing Fang scholar can easily follow the interconnections of the various texts. There are also colour-coded page tabs so it is easy to go to the chapter you want. The yang conformations appear as darkening shades of blue and the yin conformations show as darkening shades of purple. Ingenious!

The first section includes the chapters of the Shang Han Lun relating to pulse and shows as brown on side opposite the binding. Not only are these pulse chapters published in one place for the first time, they are also rich with commentary. Zhang Zhong Jing’s pulse chapters are the best source of teaching pulse diagnosis that I have ever seen. How wonderful that it is finally available to us. The next sections are the chapters on the conformations of the Shang Han Lun, as well as the Shang Han Lun end chapters. As if this were not enough, Mr. Schell has doubled the size of the text by adding appendices. The first appendix is tabbed with pink and includes annotations about pulse from six classic texts, including the Nei Jing Su Wen, Ling Shu, Jin Gui Yao Lue and Nan Jing. The other texts used for this commentary are by Wang Bing, Zhang Jing Yue, and Zhang Zhi Cong. The second appendix is additional commentary on the clauses of the Shang Han Lun. The third appendix is an incredible resource: Cheng Wu Ji’s drawings and explanations. As with the earlier parts of the text, these are colour-coded so we can see the relationships between these writings and other classic texts. No scholar of the classics should be without this text.


Sharon Weizenbaum



AuthorChéng Wújǐ Translator: Jonathan Schell L.Ac.
Publication Date21/07/2018
PublisherChinese Medicine Database
Number Of Pages978
Book FormatPaperback

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