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Korean Journal of Medical History 2010;19(2): 299-342.
영조의 질병력과 사망원인: 승정원일기를 중심으로
김선형, 김달래
The Medical History and the Death Cause of Young-Jo Based on the Seungjeongwon Ilgi (Royal Secretariat Logs)
Sun hyung Kim, Dal Rea Kim
Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangong. Department of Sasang Constitutional medicine, College of Oriental medicine, Kyung Hee University, Korea. dalllkim@yahoo.co.kr
Young-Jo, 83 years old, was the longest lived king of the Chosun Dynasty. Seungjeongwon Ilgi gives more detail about the diseases and prescriptions of Young-Jo. We could close look at what the Annals of the Chosun Dynasty just described that king received medical attention. In inspecting Jung-Jo's constitution, to examine his medical history is very important. Yong-jo had a weak constitution, but he was always concerned about health care. Youn-jo complained of colic syndrom and heart fire when young; ascris and shoulder pain since middle age; severe fatigue and gait disturbance caused by edema in his latter years. During his last 20 years, he had taken and resorted to Ken-GongTang, the reason was not psychological disposion, but physical disease. Also, Yong-Jo's condition just before death could be assumed in Seungjeongwon Ilgi and Jonhyeongak Ilgi. According to continuous complaints such as edema of the lower limbs, faint(lethargy) and eating disorder caused by abnormal rising of GI (anorexia), we could presume that the cause of death was uremia. In addition, it has significance to correct feasible misconceaption about the cause of death grounded on The Annals of the Chosun Dynasty.
Key Words: Young-Jo, Medical History, Death Cause, Chosun King, Seungjeongwon Ilgi
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