japanese medical history


Hand-drawn and textured pages from a rare Japanese treatise on smallpox called The Essentials of Smallpox written in the late 17th or early 18th century by the Japanese doctor Kanda Gensen. 

Photograph: Wellcome Library, London

“A nurse wraps a bandage around the hand of a Chinese soldier as another wounded soldier limps up for first aid treatment during fighting on the Salween River front in Yunnan Province, China, on June 22, 1943.”


A young Indonesian man with severe wounds is photographed at the Netherlands Indies Civil Affairs (NICA) Hospital, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. He was the sole survivor of four men who had been used by Japanese soldiers to practise beheading by sword - 26th of July, 1945