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Article: Antisyphilitic Mercury Drugs in Early Modern China and Japan

TitleAntisyphilitic Mercury Drugs in Early Modern China and Japan
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Issue Date2015
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/asia
Citation
Asiatische Studien, 2015, v. 69 n. 4, p. 997-1016 How to Cite?
AbstractToxic mercury chloride compounds, including preparations and mixtures of corrosive sublimate (HgCl2) and calomel (Hg2Cl2), were widely used in early modern Chinese and Japanese medicine. Some of these drugs had been manufactured in East Asia for more than a thousand years, while others were produced using newer recipes developed in East Asia after the arrival of syphilis or introduced through contact with European medical knowledge. This paper traces the history of the uses and methods of production of sublimated mercury chloride drugs in early modern East Asia, showing how the Chinese doctor Chen Sicheng’s invention of the drug shengshengru (J. seiseinyu) 生生乳 in the seventeenth century exerted a strong influence over eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese doctors’ treatment of syphilis. Japanese doctors’ efforts to produce and use seiseinyu provided a foundation of technical knowledge that was important for their later reception of European-style mercury chloride drugs.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228670
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dc.contributor.authorTrambaiolo, DM-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:06:22Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:06:22Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationAsiatische Studien, 2015, v. 69 n. 4, p. 997-1016-
dc.identifier.issn0004-4717-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228670-
dc.description.abstractToxic mercury chloride compounds, including preparations and mixtures of corrosive sublimate (HgCl2) and calomel (Hg2Cl2), were widely used in early modern Chinese and Japanese medicine. Some of these drugs had been manufactured in East Asia for more than a thousand years, while others were produced using newer recipes developed in East Asia after the arrival of syphilis or introduced through contact with European medical knowledge. This paper traces the history of the uses and methods of production of sublimated mercury chloride drugs in early modern East Asia, showing how the Chinese doctor Chen Sicheng’s invention of the drug shengshengru (J. seiseinyu) 生生乳 in the seventeenth century exerted a strong influence over eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese doctors’ treatment of syphilis. Japanese doctors’ efforts to produce and use seiseinyu provided a foundation of technical knowledge that was important for their later reception of European-style mercury chloride drugs.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/asia-
dc.relation.ispartofAsiatische Studien-
dc.rightsThe final publication is available at www.degruyter.com-
dc.titleAntisyphilitic Mercury Drugs in Early Modern China and Japan-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTrambaiolo, DM: trambaio@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTrambaiolo, DM=rp02081-
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/asia-2015-1044-
dc.identifier.hkuros261095-
dc.identifier.volume69-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage997-
dc.identifier.epage1016-
dc.publisher.placeGermany-

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