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HORI, Motomasa (or Kairan)
Manuscript on paper entitled on upper cover & first leaf "Aiketsu meiben" ["Comprehensive Method of Determining the Pressure Points by Measurement of Bones"]
1807. Many fine brush & black ink illus. in the text. 45 folding leaves. 8vo (245 x 170 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), old stitching. [Japan]: at end in trans.: "copied in 1807." We learn from the first leaf of the index at the beginning of this manuscript that this is a later copy of a unpublished manuscript by Hori (1725-62), a native of Kyoto, whose father was also a prominent physician. Hori began to lecture in 1758 but died early. In this work, Hori provides a guide to finding pressure points for acupuncture based on bone measurement. Using bone length measurement for the measurement of acupoints location is called the "bone length method." Hori was remarkable for his unique and influential expansion of this method by incorporating the "twelve zodiac method" in establishing pressure points on the body and determining whether the meridian is open at a certain moment. The text makes many references to the classics of Chinese and Japanese acupuncture. For each of the 14 meridians, Hori has listed their pressure points, the organs to which they are associated, illnesses, etc. The fine illustrations depict the meridians and pressure points. Fine copy. Minor staining in upper margin and a little wormed. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc. [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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