Li Shizhen

1517 - 1593

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Li Shizhen (July 3, 1518 – 1593), courtesy name Dongbi, was a Chinese acupuncturist, herbalist, naturalist, pharmacologist, physician, and writer of the Ming dynasty. He is the author of a 27-year work, the Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao Gangmu; Chinese: 本草綱目). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Li Shizhen has received more than 216,206 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Li Shizhen is the 206th most popular physician (up from 213th in 2019), the 405th most popular biography from China (down from 390th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Physician.

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Among physicians, Li Shizhen ranks 206 out of 726Before him are Waldemar Hoven, Zhang Zhongjing, Bernardino Ramazzini, Hasdai ibn Shaprut, Asclepiades of Bithynia, and Emil du Bois-Reymond. After him are David H. Hubel, Thomas Willis, Ernst-Günther Schenck, Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis, August Oetker, and Mungo Park.

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Among people born in 1517, Li Shizhen ranks 7Before him are Gotthard Kettler, Emperor Ōgimachi, Gioseffo Zarlino, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk, and Francis I, Duke of Lorraine. After him are Pierre Belon, Rembert Dodoens, Peter Ernst I von Mansfeld-Vorderort, Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and Jacques Pelletier du Mans. Among people deceased in 1593, Li Shizhen ranks 4Before him are Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Christopher Marlowe, and Emperor Ōgimachi. After him are Juan de Herrera, Jacques Amyot, Symon Budny, Maciej Stryjkowski, Xu Wei, Hans Bol, Louis III, Duke of Württemberg, and Abd al-Samad.

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Among people born in China, Li Shizhen ranks 405 out of 1,610Before him are Mi Fu (1051), Liu Zhang (200), Pan Geng (-1500), Shen Buhai (-385), Emperor Muzong of Tang (795), and Emperor Shang of Tang (695). After him are Dian Wei (150), Sima Xiangru (-179), Emperor Shang of Han (105), Uskhal Khan Tögüs Temür (1342), Zhou Dunyi (1017), and Liang Qichao (1873).


Among physicians born in China, Li Shizhen ranks 4Before him are Li Ching-Yuen (1677), Hua Tuo (200), and Zhang Zhongjing (150). After him are Sun Simiao (581), Bian Que (-401), Andrew Yao (1946), Zhong Nanshan (1936), and Liang Wudong (1959).