Encyclopedia: Hua Tuo

Hua Tuo (Yuanhua); Hua T‘o (Yüan-hua); 華佗 (元化)

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Hua Tuo (Yuanhua) 華佗 (元化)

Lived: AD 110–207

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A famous doctor from the Three Kingdoms period. Killed trying to avoid treating Cao Cao.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Hua T‘o (Yüan-hua)
Simplified Chinese: 华佗 (元化)
Pronunciation: Hua4 Tuo2 (Yuan2hua4Pronunciation

Birthplace: Qiao, State of Pei

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Did not meet with or heal Guan Yu.
  • Died in AD 207 not AD 220, and not because he tried to assassinate Cao Cao. Rather, he was making excuses to avoid treating him. At one point he returned home, claiming his wife was ill. Cao Cao investigated, found it to be false, and had him imprisoned and later executed.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 15, 29, 75, 78

Sanguozhi: Wei 1, Wei 29

Hou Han shu: 82

Jin Shu: 51

Search Results

Was Cao Cao Right to Suspect Hua Tuo?
Date: 02/07     Replies: 42

Biographies

Hua Tuo Biography
Date: 12/03     Replies: 6

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May 13, 2014