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Izumi Yokoyama & Michael D. Fetters

In: The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

Chapter 14: A Brief History of Japanese Medicine

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A Brief History of Japanese Medicine
A Brief History of Japanese Medicine
Izumi YokoyamaMichael D. Fetters

Medicine in Japan today can best be understood by placing it in the context of its historical roots. In Table 14.1, we trace Japan's story of a healing tradition that is attributed to mythical practices and beliefs. Medical practice transformed gradually in Japan following the introduction of Chinese medical practices and theory. We provide pivotal events in history to illustrate the rich influences on medicine during different eras from the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Germans, and Americans. A comprehensive history of medicine in Japan would require many more volumes. Although there are many other interesting stories and portraits that could have been added, we have chosen select events and individuals to illustrate the origins of Japanese medicine that continue to influence views ...

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