The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine has become a landmark in the history of Chinese civilization. Written in the form of a dialogue in which the emperor seeks information from his minister Ch'I-Po on questions of health and the art of healing, it is the oldest known document in Chinese medicine. Ilza Veith's extensive introduction and monumental translation, first published in 1949, make available the historical and philosophical foundations of traditional practices that have seen a dynamic revival in China and throughout the West. This is a new foreword by Linda L. Barnes places the translation in its historic contexts, underlining its significance to the Western world's understanding of Chinese medical practice.
Ilza Veith (1912-2013) was Assistant Professor in History of Medicine at the University of Chicago and later Professor of History of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Linda L. Barnes is Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies at Boston University. She is the author of Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 and coeditor of Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History.