Li Shizhen(1518–1593), was one of the greatest physicians and pharmacologists. Li Shizhen's major contribution to medicine was his forty-year work, which is found in his epic book the <Bencao Gangmu>, with 1.9 million words and thousands of pictures. The book, which had already divided in to 52 chapters, including more than 1,800 drugs (Chinese Medicine), 1,100 illustrations and 11,000 prescriptions. It also described the type, form, flavor, nature and application in disease treatments of 1,094 herbs. Li Shizhen's book has been translated into many different languages, and remains as the premier reference work for herbal medicine. Li Shizhen's treatise included various related subjects such as botany, zoology, mineralogy, and metallurgy. The book was reprinted frequently and five of the original edition still exist.It is one of the greatest books of the Chinese medical books.
Li Shizhen, Chinese saint of medicine<Bencao Gangmu>