Korean J Med Hist.  1999 Jul;8(1):15-24.

People's way to fight the epidemic diseases in the early Choson period

  • 1Department of the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


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.


early Choson period; epidemic diseases; history of medicine; history of diseases

MeSH Terms

Communicable Disease Control/*history
Disease Outbreaks/*history
English Abstract
History of Medicine, Medieval
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