Situating Drug Knowledge in China: A Digital Humanities Solution

Reblogged from The Recipes Project, 11.06.2015. Drugs, be they plant, animal or mineral, were important objects for trade, cure and even spiritual salvation throughout Chinese history even until today.  They appear in all sorts of diverse sources, from poems and diaries to scriptures, pharmacopoeias and recipe books. The historical record for the early imperial period (221 … Continue reading Situating Drug Knowledge in China: A Digital Humanities Solution

A Plant for the End of the World

Reblogged from The Recipes Project, 16.12.2014. Located in his mountain retreat near the Floriate Sunlight Cavern on Mount Mao, China’s earliest recorded pharmacologist, Tao Hongjing, is deep in his studies. He is editing the earliest known recension of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, the Divine Husbandman's Pharmacopoeia (Shennong bencao jing 神農本草經). It is about the year 500, and Tao is also … Continue reading A Plant for the End of the World