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A team of British and American authors argue that the ancient Chinese Mawangdui texts, dating to the second to third century BCE represent the oldest surviving anatomical atlas in the world, predating Galen by about a thousand years. Showing how the text of the Mawangdui medical manuscripts maps onto the structures visible in a human cadaver, they propose, based on the close alignment between body and text, that the pathways the Mawangdui describes are not esoteric as previously supposed, but instead, represent visible anatomical structures. In doing so, they challenge the widespread belief that there is no scientific foundation for the ‘anatomy of acupuncture’, by showing that the earliest physicians writing about acupuncture were in fact writing about the physical body in an atlas designed to provide a concise description of for students and practitioners of medicine in ancient China.

Hiding in Plain Sight-ancient Chinese anatomy. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2020 Sep 1.