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General Introduction

            Peking University Health Science Library contains numerous collections from a variety of fields and attaches more importance to the fields of medicine, health and biology. By the end of 2009, there were more than 700,000 volumes of books and 4,000 kinds of periodicals, including 781 current periodicals.


  1. Dissertations and theses of Peking University Health Science Center;

  2. Microforms;

  3. Audio-visual collections;

  4. Multimedia CD-ROMs;

  5. Biomedical CD-ROMs and network databases;

  6. Full-text e-journals and e-books.

Special Collections

    Thread-bound ancient books

  (1)Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang


        Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang, or translated as The Holy Benevolent Prescriptions, is a valuable collection of ancient medical prescriptions.In early 978 AD, the second emperor of the Song Dynasty, Tai Zong, ordered the royal physician Wang Huaiyin to compile over 10,000 prescriptions collected from renowned doctors.The strenuous work of editing and categorizing lasted for fourteen years, and was finally completed in 992 AD.The prescriptions cover wide areas as to internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, orthopedics, dietetics, acupuncture, nutritional and pharmaceutical science. Thus this invaluable scripture sheds much light on the ancient medical development in China.Unfortunately, the original version has been lost. What we have in the library is one of the earliest hand-written copies of the scripture. The only other copy known is kept in TaipeiForbidden CityMuseum.

   (2)Chinese Medical Journal


      The Chinese Medical Journal (CMJ) is published monthly in English by the Chinese Medical Association, and is a peer reviewed general medical journal for all doctors, researchers, and health workers regardless of their medical specialty or type of employment.Established in 1887, it is the oldest medical periodical in China and is distributed worldwide.The journal functions as a window into China’s medical sciences and reflects the advances and progress in China’s medical sciences and technology. It aims to promote international academic exchange.The journal includes Original Articles, Editorial, Review Articles, Medical Progress, Brief Reports, Case Reports, Conference Proceedings, News and Notes.Our library conserved CMJ from the first issue to nowadays completely. As this kind of important medical journal is our library’s treasure, anyone who wants to use it should submit the application to our library office first.

   (3)Sheng Ji Zong Lu



Sheng Ji Zong Lu was compiled by the royal physicians of the emperor Song Hui Zong. As a vast collection of clinical and folk prescriptions and even many secret prescriptions from the royal family, this pharmacopoeia covers 66 areas including internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, orthopedics, dietetics, acupuncture and nutritional science.The nearly 20,000 prescriptions were categorized in a similar manner as to the Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang. It introduced many medical theories prevalent at that time, and also some valuable experiences, reflecting the highest level of medical science then.It was not published in Song Dynasty due to wartime chaos. The proofread editions emerged later in Jin Dynasty Da Ding(1161-1189AD) and Yuan Dynasty Da De(1300AD).Our library has the copy of the Yuan Dynasty Da De edition, the earliest one existed.

(4)Shang Han Lun


       Shang Han Lun, or ‘Treatise on Cold Injury’, was a classic medical treatiseby Zhang Zhongjing, a famous doctor in Han Dynasty.As the oldest complete clinical textbook in the world, this book described all kinds of rules to acute pyrexia and treatment, especially in acupuncture therapy.Our library edition is the copy of Ming Dynasty edition.

  (5) Yi Shuo


       Yi Shuo was written by Zhang Jiming of the Song Dynasty, and first published in 1224 AD. He spent almost his entire life on this book, which was a classic collection of medical history and prescription.It consists of ten books and 49 chapters. Yi Shuo introduced over 120 renowned doctors at that time, and described their clinical experience as well.It also gave the origins of acupuncture and Chinese traditional medicine, and listed many kinds of diseases with respective symptoms and treatments.

   (6)Wai Tai Mi Yao Fang


   This 40-volume collection was first edited by Wang Tao of the Tang Dynasty, reflecting the highest level of medical science at that time. The original copy has been lost. The one in our library is the revised edition created in Ming Dynasty. The book was enlisted and complied in the Si Ku Quan Shu of the Qing Dynasty.
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