This is the only known translation of part of an early
17th-century classic text focusing on the use of acupuncture in Chinese
medicine. Yang Jizhou's "Grand Compendium" comprises two books of which
the second contained "The Odes", a collection of traditional songs
summarizing methods of treatment and indications for their use.
translation Richard Bertshinger has also included "Ma Tan Yang's Song on
the Twelve Points". Various indices, a bibliography and glossary have
been added to help the modern reader to understand the relevant of "The
Odes" in today's context. The book is illustrated throughout with
Chinese landscape paintings and traditional patterns from time of the
gathering of "The Odes".
The text gives direct advice for treatment to
modern day practitioners and classical Chinese names for acupuncture
points are related via margin annotations to modern numbered systems to
the numbered system more normally used today. Additional text notes put
ancient Chinese theories and practice into 20th century context.