Infectious Disease Prevention Act Written on Medical Books in Joseon Dynasty

조선시대 피역의서에 나타난 역병(疫病) 예방법

  • Chough, Won-Joon (Dept. of Pathology, Oriental Medical College, Daeguhaany University)
  • 조원준 (대구한의대 한의과대학 병리학교실)
  • Published : 2008.08.31


There were many books on infectious disease prevention act, and still remained 5 books including Ganuibyeokonbang. Epidemics were seriously ill and widely contagious, so it was important to prevent them. Therefore, they wrote various preventive measures from epidemics on those books. They emphasized medication, and used not only compound prescriptions but also singular ones. They wrote 5 compound prescriptions including Sohaphyangwon and many singular ones on Ganuibyeokonbang, and they used folk medicine such as red-beans준 for practical use on that book. On Sinchanbyeokonbang, they emphasized Hyangsosan and presented many prescriptions to specialize in epidemics. Heojun presented various prescriptions for Dangdokyeok on Byeokyeoksinbang, and he excluded incantation methods to cope with epidemics medically. Since Ganuibyeokonbang they had tried to improve personal hygiene such as boiling clothes of patients.