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The Dongeuibogam, a medical book written in 1613 by Heo Jun, compiles the medical books written in both Korea and China. Although its editing was originally commenced by royal order in 1596, it was interrupted due to the Jeongyujaeran and was finally finished in 1610. As a series of twenty-five volumes of twenty-five books, its contents are vast and detailed. This book is not only used extensively outside of Korea as the top authority on Oriental medicine in Korea, it also holds an extremely important place in Oriental medicine to this day. In 1991 it was designated Treasure No. 1085 and as UNESCO Memory of the World in 2009.
Medical books written in Hangeul appeared at a relatively early stage in the undertaking of compiling books written in Hangeul, due to social needs and demands. While there were medical books published in Chinese before the invention of Hangeul, these books were translated into Hangeul after its invention, making it much easier to spread medical technology. As such, Hangeul contributed to providing names and knowledge of medicines to the commoners of the middle and modern ages, who desired to overcome diseases and live healthy lives.