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Exemplars of Donguibogam, Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Donguibogam is rich in detail because it has summarized all medical knowledge available at the time and consulted approximately 180 kinds of domestic and overseas medical books. It records data on 1,212 kinds of medicine and 4,497 kinds of prescription, and it is also regarded as a valuable resource for research on Korean language, as it records in Korean 637 names of medicines which can be easily acquired from our country's mountains and streams. Even up to the present time, Donguibogam remains as a book that exerts much influence upon our life. This has been registered as world documentary heritage in 2009.

History of the Object
In 1613, the Joseon Royal Hospital issued the 25 medical books with 25 volumes. It was originally written by Heojun in 1610, using Hunryeondogam printing type. This object constitutes volumes 1, 3, and 6 regarding various diseases, among which the first edition of 25 volumes of Donguibogam.

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Type
Book 
Materials
Paper 
Measurements
20.5 cm X 34 cm 
Creator name
Heojun 
Creator date
1537-1615 
Where it was made
Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1613; Joseon Period 
Function
Medical Book  
Acquisition
Purchase  
Copyright
Heojun Museum  
Acknowledgements
Heojun Museum  
Owner
Heojun Museum 
Museum
Heojun Museum 
Credit line
Heojun Museum  

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