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Qian Yi (about 1032-1113 A.D.), also called Qian Zhong-yang, born in Yunzhou, now Dongping Shandong Province, a distinguished pediatrist who was appointed court physician in 1090 A.D., whose experience as a pediatrician for more than 40 years was collected and edited by his student Yan Xiao-zhong in the book Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Jue Key to Therapeutics of Children's Diseases in 3 volumes in 1119 A.D.

It was one of the earliest pediatric books in ancient China and had profound influence upon the development of this subject.

He was the first to give valuable differentiation of measles, scarlet fever, chickenpox and smallpox.

He pointed out the peculiar features of pediatrics and put forward some new methods of diagnosis and therapies.


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