Diseases of the Premodern Period in Japan

The role of disease in Japanese history is a topic that has attracted the interest of Western historians only recently. The strongest stimulus for the study of disease and its effects on Japan's premodern society was the publication of a new edition of Fujikawa Yu's classic Nihon shippei shi in 1969 with a foreword by Matsuda Michio (A History of Disease in Japan, originally published in 1912). Along with his History of Japanese Medicine (Nihon igaku shi, 1904), A History of Disease in Japan...

Diseases of Antiquity in Japan

Our knowledge about diseases in the prehistoric era of Japan is extremely limited because not much paleopathological research has been done thus far. For the little information we have about the occurrence of diseases during the early historic period we have to rely on a small number of literary sources. One general assumption, however, may be made from the geographic situation of the Japanese islands Prior to more extensive contact with the Asian continent, Japan may have been free from...