“Medicine - The Art of Healing”

National Museum of Nature and Science

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Today it is said that Japan is at the forefront of medical science and treatment, but in fact the roots of this development can be traced back to the Edo period. In 1754 Toyo Yamawaki was the first in Japan to conduct a human dissection, after which the practice came to spread through the country, followed then in 1774 with the translation by Genpoku Sugita and others of the Dutch “New Text on Anatomy”, further expanding the study of Western science. Drawing upon both Western and Chinese medical practices the era of medical science took new steps to understand the human anatomy in order to provide better treatment. This exhibition showcases rare anatomy diagrams and other historic materials, medical equipment from Edo period and documents relating to approaches to medical science from both China and the West, following the development of medicine in Japan. The exhibition also includes features on Japan’s current leading medical science, with examples of cutting edge technology used in the field, including 3D printers visualizing the internal organs of the body. These are shown alongside the original hand written books of Genpoku Sugita and Toyo Yamawaki.

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from March 15, 2014 to June 15, 2014
*Until 18:00 4/26(Sat)-5/6(Tues) , Until 20:00 on 5/2(Fri), Closed on Mondays and 5/7(Wed) (but open on 3/24, 3/31, 4/28, 5/5)

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