By Jing-Nuan Wu
The Ling Shu is an ancient document attributed to the Yellow Emperor and his ministers, circa 2600 B.C. Wu's translation of the 12 scrolls offers plenty of reflective material to the reader. He has chosen a presentation that is easy to follow, translating the text in a manner that emphasizes its philosophical beauty as much as its utility as a medical text. While it lacks glossaries and rigorous terminological standards that would win favor with sinologists, many consider it more true to the original than other translations, such as Ilza Veith's anthropological version, the Yellow Emperor's Classic .