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Korean Journal of Medical History 1999;8(1): 15-24.
조선 전기 역명에 대한 민간의 대응
권복규, 황상익
People's way to fight the epidemic diseases in the early Choson period
Bok Kyu Kwon, Sang Ik Hwang
Department of the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
ABSTRACT
Epidemic diseases in the early Choson period were big problems to the people and society. However, the weapons to the epidemic diseases were very limited at that time. There were few drugs and well-trained practitioners for people. Most people could only depend on religious means and simple folklore medicine including inhalation of specific flavor. People tried to overcome or prevent the epidemics by praying, sorcery, ornaments, runaway and isolation. In most cases, the epidemic diseases came with or broke out from the famine, severe labour (especially in civil engineering) imposed by the ruling class. The epidemics of that time are thought to be typhoid fever, epidemic typhus, or similar febrile diseases.
Key Words: early Choson period, epidemic diseases, history of medicine, history of diseases
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