Article ID: CBB706461179

Public Health, Laboratory Experiment, and Asymptomatic Carriers in Japan, ca. 1920–1950 (March 2019)


Suzuki, Akihito (Author)

East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 39-55

Publication Date: March 2019
Edition Details: Special Issue: Life, Science, and Power in History and Philosophy
Language: English

From the 1920s and 1930s, discussion of asymptomatic carriers started to appear in Japan and quickly became well established. Two important frameworks here were public health and laboratory experiment. Japanese public health policies existed in theory, isolating asymptomatic carriers within their own family to prevent infection of others. These theoretical policies did not, however, attract great attention either from doctors, carriers, or family members. The crucial aspect in Japan was laboratory experiment. Japanese doctors concentrated on experimenting with animals as carriers of typhoid and other asymptomatic infections, trying to incorporate the latest theories of life and death taken from physiology. One reason for the relative neglect of the public health and isolation policy was the ongoing presence of a large number of patients with such diseases; another was the prestige of the laboratory as intellectual authority among well-trained doctors.

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Article Suzuki, Akihito (March 2019) The Life, Restoration, and Faking of the Bust of Nagayo Matarō. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 113-114). unapi

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Article Takabayashi, Akinobu (March 2019) Medical Technology in Use: A History of Clinical Thermometry in Modern Britain and Japan. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 17-37). unapi

Article Suzuki, Akihito; Takabayashi, Akinobu (March 2019) Life, Science, and Power in History and Philosophy. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (pp. 9-16). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Gaudillière, Jean-Paul
Löwy, Illana
Bourdain, Anthony
Mendelsohn, J. Andrew
Brown, JoAnne
Creager, Angela N. H.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Science in Context
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Bloomsbury Publishing
Cambridge University Press
Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fundaçao Oswaldo Cruz
University of Michigan Press
Public health
Infectious diseases
Human experimentation
Typhoid fever
Medicine and society
Mary Mallon
Koch, Robert
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Universiteit Leiden

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