The Reproductive Body of the Goseihō School

  • Yuki Terazawa
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)


This chapter begins with an overview of the field of medicine in the early Tokugawa period, followed by an exposition of how Katsuki Gyūzan’s obstetrics manual Fujin kotobukigusa [A Guide for a Woman’s Celebratory Event, 1692] described the body, reproduction, and obstetric methods. The descriptions presented in Gyūzan’s manual followed mainstream Chinese medicine at the time, and they were based on Yin Yang Five Phases theory and the idea that the circulation of ki [Ch qi], “blood,” and other bodily fluids determined the body’s health. The medicalization of the female reproductive body helped ambitious physicians—whose status was generally far below the samurai—procure higher status and wealth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuki Terazawa
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  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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