Here is the first translation into English of the complete Yin-Hai Jing-Wei, a classic fifteenth-century text on Chinese ophthalmology. As one of the few original manuscripts on traditional Chinese medicine translated into a Western language, this work offers an unprecedented view of the practice of medicine, and specifically eye care, in premodern China. Superbly rendered from the classical Chinese and extensively annotated by Paul U. Unschuld and Jï¿½rgen Kovacs, the text provides detailed descriptions of the etiology, symptomatology, and therapy of every eye disease known to fifteenth-century Chinese practitioners. The translators' introduction also provides the first in-depth analysis of the development of this specialty within Chinese medicine. As a source for comparative studies of Chinese and Western medicine and numerous other issues in the history of medicine and Chinese thought, the Yin-Hai Jing-Wei has no equal in the Western world.
Fashion and celebrity may be twenty-first century obsessions, but they were also key concepts in Regency culture. Both celebrated and condemned for their popularity, silver fork novels were extremely prolific during this period. These texts detailed the lives and loves of London fashionables and in doing so became a form of conduct book, offering guidelines for members of the socially aspirant middle class. Wilson looks at the social and literary impact of this significant genre and charts its role in the development of the novel as a form and its status in the literary marketplace.
The silver box is a story suitable for nine-year-olds. At the beginning of the school holidays Ben Wilson and Scarlett Bennett, find a silver box hidden under the floor of and old outhouse in Ben's garden. They soon discover that only Ben can open the lid of the box and, when he does, the pair are amazed to find that they are able to travel back into the past and also forward into the future. Danger lurks around every corner during their adventures and with each journey the box changes its appearance. The children need to unravel the mystery of why only they can see it as a silver box, whilst everyone else thinks it's just made of wood. It soon becomes obvious to Ben and Scarlett that they have to solve the mystery before the end of the school holidays or risk being trapped in the past for ever.
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