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Within the overdue 19th century, the japanese launched into a software of westernization within the wish of establishing a powerful and sleek kingdom. technological know-how, know-how and medication performed a tremendous half, displaying ecu countries that Japan used to be an international energy invaluable of recognize. yet how well-organized was once the country and the way shut have been government-business kin? The booklet seeks to respond to those questions and others.

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This put Kitasato in a position to criticize Pgata’s work on beriberi as a specialist of bacteriology, and this lead in 1888 to the much-discussed controversy between him and Pgata. However, being a bacteriologist himself, Kitasato did not explicitly doubt that the cause of beriberi was a germ; he only questioned that Pgata’s “beriberi bacillus” was that germ. Supported by laboratory medicine, Pgata’s discovery gave the physicians championing the infectious disease theory of beriberi nonetheless more than just a short-lived opportunity to draw attention away from Takagi’s practical successes.

Andrew Cunningham and Bridie Andrews (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997), pp. 1–23; here pp. 8–9, 12. 3. Andrew Cunningham and Perry Williams, “Introduction,” in The Laboratory Revolution in Medicine, ed. Andrew Cunningham and Perry Williams (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), pp. 1–13; here pp. 2–5. 4. Personal names are given in the customary order in the native language of the person. Where they are known, the years of birth and death of people are given. 5. , Yamashita Seizp, Meijiki ni okeru kakke no rekishi (History of the Beriberi Disease in the Meiji Period) (Tokyo: Tpkyp Daigaku Shuppankai, 1988), p.

This argument was indeed powerful. 81 As Takagi did not have the training needed to directly question Pgata’s laboratory evidence, he chose to contest Pgata’s results on the grounds of usefulness instead. Finally, Ishiguro addressed the audience and lavishly praised Pgata’s discovery. According to Ishiguro, Pgata had used such precise research methods as had been unknown to “oriental people” (tpypjin) and most of the Western physicians practicing in East Asia. Ishiguro was also deeply impressed by the opposing views of Pgata and Takagi, both of whom were his personal friends.

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