It is difficult to determine whether physicians of this period were familiar with rubella, for even the most specialized eighteenth-century books on smallpox and measles do not seem to describe it. In the chronicles of King Yongjo (1724-76), however, there are entries noting that the 9-year-old Prince had measles in 1743. Then, when the Prince was 18 years old, he had measles again, and two years later he had "dot-measles." There was a major epidemic of measles when the Prince was 18 years old, so presumably the Prince really had measles at that time. Because an individual has measles only once, the other episodes could have been rubella and scarlatina. There are several other examples of such cases.

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