The British historian of Chinese science Joseph Needham calls Li Shizhen “the ‘uncrowned king’ of Chinese naturalists”, and his Bencao gangmu “undoubtedly the best scientific achievement of the Ming”. I trust my life shall be long enough to enable me to warn the people against these two rocks, upon which the Thomsonian follow shall be within the biggest hazard of shipwreck. This has been the sole object of all my warnings, printed to guard against impostors. It is not a query that this technique will be used, but how it is going to be used, is what most issues the public.
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