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Ishinpo, the healing arts

2021 • 52' • French & English

Poster of Ishinpo, the healing arts

Director(s): Patrice Desenne • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): ARTE • Country of production: France • Format(s): HD



Through the story of the most ancient text of Japanese medicine, The Ishinpo, and the celebrated Hippocratic Corpus, embodied respectively by the Chinese doctor, Qi Bai, and the Greek, Hippocrates, we embark on a formidable medical and scientific quest conducted by the renowned Oxford academic, Professor Denis Nobel. We reveal the astonishing history of the creation and the preservation of these documents, analyze their content and examine their resonance in the modern world.

An exceptional quest that travels back in time, leading us to the discovery of the origins of medicine and, by using biomedical science, establishing the links between Asian and Western medicines for the first time. And this in an age when people are questioning the relevance of modern medical practices.


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