Heo Jun

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Heo Jun
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Heo Jun
McCune–Reischauer Hŏ Chun
Pen name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Guam
McCune–Reischauer Kuam
Courtesy name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Cheongwon
McCune–Reischauer Ch'ŏngwŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Heo.

Heo Jun (허준, 1537?/1539 – 9 October 1615) was a court physician of the Yangcheon Heo clan during the reign of King Seonjo of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea.[1] He 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 (lit. "Mirror of Eastern Medicine"), which is often noted as the defining text of traditional Korean medicine. 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 Heo 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.[2][3]

Heo Jun's name and accomplishments are widely recognized by Koreans even today. Korean people still refer to Heo Jun's natural remedies found in his Dongui Bogam.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The novel Dongui Bogam by Lee Eun-seong was published in 1990, and became a bestseller.
  • Portrayed by Seo In-suk in 1991 MBC TV series Dongui Bogam ("The Wonders of Eastern Medicine").
  • Portrayed by Jun Kwang-ryul in 1999-2000 MBC TV series Hur Jun, which reached record-breaking viewership ratings of 64%.[5] In the series, Heo Jun was a youngster who worked as a helper with no relevant tasks, until he was mentored by Yoo Ui-tae, a doctor who taught him medicine and inspired him to become a doctor for and of the people. In reality, Yoo Ui-tae was younger than Heo Jun by about 100 years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 허준 許浚 (1539 ~ 1615) [Heo Jun] (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (31 July 2009). "Mirror of Eastern Medicine Becomes UNESCO Heritage". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  3. ^ Chung, Ah-young (7 August 2009). "Korean of Dongui Bogam Unveiled". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Concentration Of Attention (Jibnyeom) (1976)". Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  5. ^ Lee, Sang-min (February 2013). "Historical Drama and Future". KOFICE WebZine. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  6. ^ Kang, Hyo-jin (6 March 2013). "Kim Joo Hyuk seeks to bring his new interpretation of Heo Jun in Gu Am Heo Jun". Korea Star Daily via Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Hur Jun, the Original Story script reading of MBC's new drama series". MBC Global Media. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  8. ^ Oh, Jean (13 March 2013). "Period piece overload? Spring drama lineup goes heavy on historical settings". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Hur Jun, the Original Story Casts Interview". MBC Global Media. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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