Korean J Med Hist.  2020 Aug;29(2):371-423. 10.13081/kjmh.2020.29.371.

Studies on Pre-Modern Medical History in Korea, 2010-2019: Increased Study Areas and Diversified Approaches

  • 1Assistant Professor, Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University, Korea


The goal of this article is to summarize the current status of medical history research conducted from 2010 to 2019, following Shin Dongwon's research covering 2000-2010 regarding the current status of Korean pre-modern medical history. The list of references is organized according to several principles. The representative subjects of the Korean Society for the History of Medicine and the Korean Society of Medical history are Korean Journal of Medical History and The Journal of Korean Medical History, and Yonsei Journal of Medical History of the Yonsei University Medical History Institute. Subsequently, “Reviews and Prospects” of the History Journal and “Korean History Research Report” of the National History Compilation Committee are also summarized, and “Medical History Company Research,” which was recently published by the Medical History Research Society, is also included.
Unlike previous periods, many studies have been conducted on the topic, and the characteristics of the system are largely classified. Most notably, the medical data related to carriers that were concentrated in the early 2010s. It is also worth noting that the research on the agenda, including Lee Soo-gi's newly discovered agenda, is also increasing. In addition, studies that combine the history of medicine with women's history and intellectual history as interdisciplinary studies have been increasing. As such, this is an opportunity for future medical history research to expand the horizon.


Pre-modern; traditional medicine; medical history; medical books; 전근대; 전통의학; 의학사; 의서
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