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"Why I like Dr. Hur Jun" :
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About Dr. Hur Jun
Hur Jun was born as an illegitimate son of a nobleman, met a renowned physician named Eui-tae Yu, who changed his life by teaching him medicine. He became the royal physician and wrote the oriental medical textbook “Dongui Bogam”.
Hur Jun (1546 – 9 October 1615) was born in Yangcheon, in the first year of King Myeongjong's reign. Son of local magistrate Hur Ron and his concubine Lady Kim, Hur Jun shared the fate of many other "seoja", illegitimate sons of nobles and their concubines enjoying the same kind of treatment as commoners. That didn't only mean the scorn of nobles and magistrates, but also the near impossibility of escaping from such a situation, as Joseon commoners and seoja couldn't take the all-important state exam. After going through many problems in their native town, Hur Jun and his mother moved to Sangcheon. There he started learning medical treatment under Yoo Eui Tae, who would become his mentor. From the beginning Hur Jun showed an innate talent for medicine, along with the determination of someone who had no crossroads ahead, as this was the only way he could escape his situation.
The first sign that Hur Jun would become a legend was when, at the age of 24, he cured minister Yoo Hee Chun's wife, who was facing sure death in the words of many esteemed doctors. Stories of his tremendous talent, surpassing that of his mentor and many prestigious doctors, started following Hur Jun like a shadow, eventually leading to his entering the palace as a court physician.
Hur Jun was appointed as a court physician at the age of 29. He wrote a number of medical texts, but his most significant achievement is Dongui Bogam (meaning "Mirror of Eastern Medicine"), which is often noted as the defining text of traditional Korean medicine. Back then Joseon was mostly basing their treatment methods on Ming Dynasty theory, but Hur Jun's work, which took sixteen long years in the midst of the Seven Years War, put the focus back on herbs easily accessible to anyone in the peninsula, and simplified everything by writing in hangeul (the Korean alphabet), instead of hanja (Chinese characters) which gave nobles the monopoly over knowledge for hundreds of years.
The work spread to East Asian countries like China, Japan, and Vietnam where it is still regarded as one of the classics of Oriental medicine today. Although Hur Jun worked extensively with the royal family, he put a great emphasis on making treatment methods accessible and comprehensible to common people. He found natural herb remedies that were easily attainable by commoners in Korea. Furthermore, he wrote the names of the herbs using the simple Hangul letters instead of using more difficult Hanja (Chinese characters), which most commoners did not understand.
Hur Jun's name and accomplishments are widely recognized by Koreans even today. Korean people still refer to Hur Jun's natural remedies found in his Dongui Bogam, which was first published in 1613 during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. The book is regarded important in traditional Korean medicine and one of the classics of Oriental medicine today. In 2009, UNESCO decided to add Dongui Bogam to the cultural heritage list due to its contribution as a historical relic and it was placed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program, becoming Korea's seventh cultural heritage to be thus included.
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