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Title Donguibogam : Donguibogam on UNESCO

2014-12-30 14:23:43
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Donguibogam to its Memory of the World Register for the first time in the world as a specialized medical book in the ninth meeting of the UNESCO International Advisory Committee in Bridgetown, Barbados, held on July 30.
The comment was that "Donguibogam is noted for its originality and the quality of contents, and is widely used even today as an important heritage of East Asia, thus significantly contributing to the development of world medicine.” With the addition of Donguibogam to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, Korean Traditional Medicine’s authenticity has been enhanced, placing Korean Traditional Medicine in a more advantageous position to enter the world market of traditional medicine.

Donguibogam is the first-ever comprehensive book on medical principles and practice edited and distributed nationwide, according to the innovative order by state to proclaim the ideals of public health by the state and preventive medicine. These ideals of “preventive medicine” and “public health care by the state” were virtually unprecedented ideas up to the 19th century, thus having historical significance in the world of public health care.

Donguibogam has assembled and amalgamated diverse schools of medical knowledge that had accumulated for two millennia and went on to synthesize it with a huge amount of clinical skills, which was more advanced than its counterparts elsewhere.

Korea's documentary heritage included in the Memory of the World Register:

The Hunmin Chongum Manuscript (1997)
The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty (1997)
Seungjeongwon Ilgi, the Diaries of the Royal Secretariat (2001)
Baegun hwasang chorok buljo jikji simche yojeol (vol. II), the second volume of "Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests' Zen Teachings" (2001)
Printing woodblocks of the Tripitaka Koreana (2007)
Uigwe: The Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty (2007)
Donguibogam: Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine (2009)