Today, Google Doodles Li Shizhen 495th Birthday. It even have an animation on the Chinese names of each herbal plants on their homepage, I assume.
Google Doodles Li Shizhen 495th Birthday
But anyway, Li Shizhen was one of the greatest doctor and best known for his contributions in the field of medicine specifically in herbal medicine.
The Bencao Gangmu is a medical text with 1,892 entries, each entry with its own name called a gang. The mu in the title refers to the synonyms of each name. The book has details about more than 1,800 drugs (Chinese Medicine), including 1,100 illustrations and 11,000 prescriptions. It also described the type, form, flavor, nature and application in disease treatments of 1,094 herbs. His Compendium of Materia Medica has been translated into many different languages, and remains as the premier reference work for herbal medicine. His treatise included various related subjects such as botany, zoology, mineralogy, and metallurgy. The book was reprinted frequently and five of the original editions still exist.