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Title: Un manuscrit médical chinois ancien conservé à Saint-Petersbourg
Author(s): FRANZINI, Serge
Journal: Journal Asiatique
Volume: 281    Issue: 1-2   Date: 1993   
Pages: 211-224
DOI: 10.2143/JA.281.1.2006135

Abstract :
The chinese manuscripts from central Asia (Dunhuang or Turfan) kept in Saint Petersburg and listed Dx.235,239,3070 expose a dozen points specific to acupuncture. The appearance of the writing estimates these manuscripts to date back to the 5th century A.D. It is interesting to note that this is the earliest known material on this subject. The other known texts date from the 10th-11th centuries and are complete (Zhenjiu jiayijing) only from 1601. Indeed, the comparative analysis of the manuscript clearly assesses that its technical content is more ancient than all the literature known. The most obvious illustration of such anteriority is the preservation of an intertwine pattern involving the leg channels at the sacrum posterior foramens, pattern I propose to name ba liao suo jie.

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