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6 The Evolution of ‘Learning’ in Early Modern Japanese Medicine

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In the context of Japan's medical world of the second half of the sixteenth century Manase Dōsan possessed professional qualifications of the highest level. He treated famous warrior leaders, emperors, and court aristocrats, as is attested by the numerous extant copies of the books he wrote at their request. In Tōryū igaku no gen'i, Dōsan, who laid the foundation of the medicine of the Edo Period, leaves a record of his own medical education and outlines the educational program that he had developed for "our school of medicine". The scholarship of Dōsan's teachers strongly had the character of a secret tradition, but Dōsan brought his scholarly knowledge into the public domain through his lectures on the Chinese texts. He also established a graded curriculum for studying the "medicine of our school", which he based on his own writings.

Keywords: Chinese texts; Edo Period; Japan's medical world; Manase Dōsan; Manase Gensaku

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