Why did Li Shizhen write Compendium of Materia Medica?

2022-05-11 0 By

In ancient times, it was the right way for people to become officials in the imperial examinations. People like Li Shizhen and Xu Xiake were very rare.Xu Xiake was famous for his travels of Xu Xiake, and Li Shizhen was even better. Li Shizhen wrote Compendium of Materia Medica, which in ancient times was a sign of neglect of proper work. If Xu Xiake was born to indulge in landscape, why did Li Shizhen write Compendium of Materia Medica?Li Shizhen, a native of Hubei province, lived to be 75 years old.Li shizhen was heir to his father, who was a master of herbal medicine, but at that time being a doctor was not as popular a profession as it is now, so his father did not want Li shizhen to be a doctor any more.When Li was 14 years old, his father took him to the imperial examination and he was admitted as a scholar, but this seemed to be li’s career.Li Shizhen loved medical skills, not keen on exams, then he took the exam three times, all failed, so his father had to accept the fate, let Li Shizhen specialized in medical skills, when he was more than 20 years old Li Shizhen was already a famous doctor.Li Shizhen also took the imperial examination first, and then studied medicine, which was a necessary process for young people at that time.In 1551, Li shizhen got a big job. He healed the sagacious son of Zhu Houcong, then king Of The City of Fushun. From then on, he was elevated to the rank of Kings and nobles, and then was recommended to the Sage Hospital, which was his pinnacle as a doctor.But Li shizhen was still reluctant to become an official and resigned after a year, returning to his hometown to continue practicing medicine.The experience may be the key to li shizhen wrote “this early of materia medica”, because the position of li shizhen, he shall go out free library, through a large number of ancient books, this is li shizhen widened the field of vision, at the same time, li shizhen, found that these ancient books, there are many errors, in order to benefit the people, li shizhen decided to write a book containing all herbal medical books.Li shi-jin spent the rest of his life collecting herbs from all over the world and eventually wrote a masterpiece called Compendium of Materia Medica.What do you think?