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The VaccinatorsSmallpox, Medical Knowledge, and the 'Opening' of Japan$
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Ann Jannetta

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754897

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754897.001.0001

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Engaging the Periphery

Engaging the Periphery

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(p.53) Three Engaging the Periphery
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The Vaccinators
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804754897.003.0004

This chapter examines the circumstances in which knowledge of vaccination reached Japan at the beginning of the nineteenth century. News of vaccination reached Japan very quickly. A Japanese interpreter, Baba Sajūrō claimed he heard about a new method of preventing smallpox from Hendrik Doeff. Since the names of Hendrik Doeff and Baba Sajūrō are routinely linked in Japanese accounts about how vaccination was first introduced to Japan, the chapter presents a brief account of their lives and the times in which they lived, and the role they played in building networks promoting Japanese–Dutch collaboration in the early nineteenth century.

Keywords:   vaccination, Japan, Baba Sajūrō, Hendrik Doeff, Japanese–Dutch collaboration

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