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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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Constructing a Network

Constructing a Network

The Ranpō Physicians

(p.102) Five Constructing a Network
The Vaccinators
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This chapter introduces seven practitioners of Western-style medicine who played important roles in the introduction of Jennerian vaccination to Japan: Hino Teisai, Itō Genboku, Ōtsuki Shunsai, Satō Taizen, Ogata Kōan, Kuwata Ryūsai, and Kasahara Hakuō. These men were newcomers to medicine who relied on well-established Japanese social practices—personal referrals, adult adoptions, and marriage alliances—to build successful careers in Western-style medicine. The chapter assesses the available and generally accepted information pertaining to the lives of these physicians, and reconstructs and integrates the contexts in which they acted with respect to the reception and transmission of vaccination in Japan.

Keywords:   Hino Teisai, Itō Genboku, Ōtsuki Shunsai, Satō Taizen, Ogata Kōan, Kuwata Ryūsai, Kasahara Hakuō, adoptions, personal referrals, marriage

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