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Memory of the World Register print

Donguibogam; The Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine (Designated 2009)

Photo credit: Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea

Donguibogam is an an encyclopedia of 'The Principles and Practices of Eastern Medicine'. It contains medical information from the Joseon Dynasty and from China, as well as popular methods of treatment experienced by patients at then. The encyclopedia was written in simple text for easy understanding by the commoners. Medicinal ingredients that were readily available at the time were suggested and preventive measures for any potential diseases that may break out were also recommended. Currently listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, not only for its role the book solely holds but also for the acknowledgment that this project was led by the sovereign state, enhancing welfare for the people. Furthermore, Donguibogam introduces foods that are beneficial for health, so it is still widely referred to in Korean cuisine until today.

<Last updated on October 27, 2015>

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