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Dr. Paul U. Unschuld

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Honorary Member

International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine
3 115 Marine Parade
Brighton , East sussex BN2 1DD
United Kingdom

Company Description: IASTAM is established to provide an interdisciplinary platform to encourage multidimensional studies in the field of indigenous systems of medicine and to bring...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Institute for the History of Medicine at Munich University
  • Board Member
    Institute for the History of Medicine at the University of Munich
  • Board Member
    Medical University Berlin


  • Ph.D. 8
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An award in the name of ..., 18 Nov 2015 [cached]
An award in the name of Professor Basham was instituted by Prof. Paul U. Unschuld, during his tenure as president of IASTAM.
Current Officers, 26 July 2015 [cached]
Paul Unschuld, Charité Medical University, Germany
IASTAM - Newsletter [cached]
Paul U. Unschuld Next President of IASTAM Recent Publications on Arabic Medicine - Burgel
Arthur L Basham Award to be Established - Unschuld
Nan-Ching, The Classic of Difficult Issues: Translated and Annotated - Unschuld
Sun Simiao: Author of the Earliest Chinese Encyclopedia for Clinical Practice, 14 Jan 2007 [cached]
- Paul Unschuld, 2000
Medicine in China: Historical Artifacts and Images
Sun Simiao was born in the 6th Century, around 581 A.D., at the beginning of the short-lived Sui Dynasty (581-618 A.D.) and just prior to the unification of north and south China (589 A.D.). He carried out his medical work and writing during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) and died in 682 A.D., having completed two 30-volume works on medical practice that would establish his place as a central figure in the field of herbal medicine.
Paul Unschuld, head of the Institute for the History of Medicine at Munich University, devoted considerable attention to Sun's position on medical ethics (3) and the iconography of Sun's legend (16; see Figures 1-4).
It is said that Sun studied very hard and mastered various Chinese classics by the age of 20. He had been sickly as a child and took up medicine as an adult, strengthening his own health (though still suffering various ailments), treating relatives and neighbors, and then practicing in the countryside of Huguan, not far from the capital city of Chang'an. He traveled great distances, perhaps as far as Sichuan province, to learn about useful prescriptions. After gaining a great reputation and completing his first book, he lived mostly in seclusion on Wubai Mountain (later to be known as Medicine King Mountain, Yaowang Shan), where he followed Taoist principles (Taoism was strongly supported during the Tang Dynasty) and integrated them with Buddhism and Confucianism. Noblemen would come to him to learn from his vast knowledge and experience. A cave where Sun lived in Taoist retreat and received such visitors has long been the destination of pilgrims; a pool where he is said to have washed herbs is located nearby.
Sun refused at least three official court positions offered to him: by the Emperor Wendi of the Sui Dynasty and by the Emperors Taizong and Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty. He preferred to provide treatment for ordinary people in the rural setting, though he accompanied Emperor Gaozong for a time. His medical orientation was described in an official history of the Tang Dynasty, as relayed by Paul Unschuld (3): "His biography describes him as an extraordinarily talented man, who devoted himself to the teachings of the Yi Jing [I-Ching], of Lao Zi [Lao-tzu; author of the Dao De Jing], and of the yin-yang philosophers, and he also took an interest in the magical calculation of numbers.
The following is from a translation provided by Paul Unschuld (3).
The next quotes come from the section of Sun's book on eye disorders, presented by Kovacs and Unschuld (7):
The next section comes from Sun's volume on dietary therapy, translated by Paul Unschuld (8):
The following figures are from books by Paul Unschuld (8, 16). Most often, Sun Simiao is depicted with a tiger below, representing yin, and a dragon above, representing yang. His Taoist skills are illustrated by this command of the yin and yang forces.
World warms to Chinese traditional medicine - JUNE 12, 2004, 11 June 2004 [cached]
'What most people in Asia do not realise is that what has been received in the West, what has been spread as so-called 'traditional Chinese medicine', has very little to do with Chinese medicine as it developed over the past 2,000 years,' Dr Paul Unschuld, director of the Institute for the History of Medicine at Munich University told The Straits Times.
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