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A Medicated Empire – The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan - Cornell Scholarship Online
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A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan

Timothy M. Yang


This book explores the history of Japan's pharmaceutical industry in the early twentieth century through a close account of Hoshi Pharmaceuticals, one of East Asia's most influential drug companies from the late 1910s through the early 1950s. Focusing on Hoshi's connections to Japan's emerging nation-state and empire, and on the ways in which it embraced an ideology of modern medicine as a humanitarian endeavor for greater social good, the book shows how the industry promoted a hygienic, middle-class culture that was part of Japan's national development and imperial expansion. The book makes c ... More

Keywords: Japan, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceuticals, Hoshi Pharmaceuticals, drug company, public health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501756245
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501756245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy M. Yang, author
University of Georgia

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