Zhang Binglin (alias Zhang Taiyan, 1868-1936)

Wong YT. Search for modern nationalism: Zhang Binglin and revolutionary China, 1869-1936. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press. 1989. 248p. [gera:147137].
This is the first full-length study of Zhang Binglin (1869-1936) in English. Drawing on both Chinese and English sources, Young-tsu Wong’s explores the life and work of one of modern China’s most outstanding thinkers, scholars, and political activists—a man whose intellectual prestige and influence attracted educated Chinese towards the republican revolution during the closing decade of the Qing dynasty. One of the first studies to analyse and comment neutrally on the range of views Zhang held, the book challenges prevailing views on the subject, and contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of Chinese revolution. It sheds new light on the political landscape of Republican China and on hitherto obscure personalities and events.

Shimada Kenji. Pioneer of the chinese revolution zhang binglin and confucianism. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 1990

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[DISCUSSION ON MEDICAL THOUGHT OF ZHANG TAIYAN]. LIN QIANLIANG. journal of zhejiang tcm college. 1986;5(10):28 (chi).
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[NON-PUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT OF ZHANG TAIYAN’S– METHOD OF TREATING SCROFULA]. WU ZUOXIN. knowledge of ancient medical literature. 1989;2:22-8 (chi).
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[ZHANG TAIYAN,TEACHER OF REFORM IN TCM]. YUE H. chinese journal of medical history. 1995;25(4):238 (chi*).
Being an influential figure of old democratic revolutionalist, thinker and scholar , Mr. Zhang Taiyan is also a medical man. He lived in a period of modern turbulence with introduction of western medicine into China, while TCM was confronting the challenge. He advocated the mutual absorption so as to be benefitted from both TCM and western medicine. By adopting some of his discourses of over one hundred pieces on Shang Han Lun, poet, essays, condolescent poet to form a thesis, it can be shown that his medical undertakings was but a part of his whole career.
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[ZHANG BINGLIN AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE]. HUANG ZHAOQIANG ET AL. chinese journal of medical history. 1999;29(2):96 (chi*).
As an important thinker and scholar as well as a famous physician in modern Chinese history, Zhang Binglin extensively read medical books, ancient and modern, and absorbed modern western medical knowledge. He achieved great attainments in the studies on Shang hen lun and in the confluence of Chinese and western medicine. His achievements include the « hypothesis of Shang hen in a broad sense »,  » Conception of Six – channels – Six – Departments », questioning on spreading of Shang hen disease by channels, assessment of commentaries on Shang hen in successive ages, theory on « Triple- jiao- lymphatic system », « elimination of five- element theory » and discourse on damp- warmness diseases. As the « teacher of reform in modern TCM », Zhang’s unique idea and achievements established his position in the history of modern Chinese medicine.
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Zhang Taiyan was a great scholar, innovator and educator in the modern history of Chinese medicine. He possessed not only the abundant and in-depth knowledge of Sinology, history and philosophy under the special education system and academic environment in the late 19(th) century, but also the academic features of being against the old and opening the new field with specific system in early 1900s. He integrated the arts of textual research and western medicine with traditional Chinese medicine, and proposed the idea of « To create new medicine by integrating traditional Chinese with Western medicine » based on Zhang Zhongjing’s theory and that in Tang and Song dynasties, which exerted an active effect on the development of Chinese medicine in modern history.