Wolfgang Michel: Engelbert Kaempfer und die Medizin in Japan. In: Detlef Haberland (ed.): Engelbert Kaempfer. Werk und Wirkung. Vortraege der Symposien in Lemgo (19.-22.9.1990) und in Tokyo (15.-18.12.1990). Boethius-Verlag, Stuttgart 1993, pp. 194 - 221


Outline: Medicine in Japan as Seen by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716)


This comprehensive study reviews previous research on Engelbert Kaempfer's description of Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion while presenting and analyzing for the first time Kaempfer's unpublished notes on other fields of Japanese medicine too: diagnosis, concepts of disease, disease prevention, drugs and herbs, imported medicaments, medicinal magic, Kaempfer's interactions with Japanese physicians and his approach to Japanese etiology.

 

From the publishers leaflet:

"Engelbert Kaempfer was the most celebrated German explorer of the baroque period. He stayed in Japan from 1690 to 1692. His reports in Amoenitates Exoticae and in the History of Japan shaped European views of Japan for centuries. One can directly trace the stereotypification of the consensus society and the image of the self-contained country back to Kaempfer. This volume includes the most important essays and contributions presented at two conferences held in 1990 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Kaempfer's landing in Japan - a symposium held in Tokyo by the German Institute of Japanese Studies and a symposium organized by the Engelbert-Kaempfer Society Lemgo. It considers biographical, historical, linguistic, botanic, medical and geographical aspects of Kaempfer's work. Along with articles on Kampfer's research on the Near East and India, the publication gives prominence to work by Y. Brown, W. Michel, W. Muntschik, Y. Nagasumi, P. van den Velde and others who offer new insights into Kaempfer's work on Japan and connected materials."

 

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