(29.6) Appraisal [of the Technicians]

Appraisal states: Huà Tuó’s medical examinations, Dù Kuí’s tones and music, Zhū Jiànpíng’s physiognomy techniques, Zhōu Xuān’s study of dreams, Guǎn Lù’s divination by stalks, truly all were the special ingenuity of the mysterious and profound, consummate skill out of the ordinary. In the past the scribe [Sīmǎ] Qiān wrote of the biographies of Biǎn Què, Cāng-gōng, Rì Zhě, in order to spread their unusual reputations and demonstrate their marvelous affairs. Therefore they are preserved and recorded thus.


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