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Tozenji > Kozukenosuke Oguri ●● Kozukenosuke Oguri's Infectious Disease
Kozukenosuke Oguri became very ill
with an infectious disease.
Kozukenosuke Oguri contracted an infectious disease
- The outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China late last year (2019) has spread throughout the world, infecting more than 20 million people and killing 700,000 as of the beginning of August, 2020. Schools have been closed to prevent infection, flights have been cancelled one after another due to a decrease in the number of passengers, and the world has not been able to get out of the chaotic situation.
- Kozukenosuke Oguri also once became very ill with an infectious disease. On December 1, 1862, Oguri was ordered to become an accounting magistrate and infantry magistrate, a change from Minamimachi magistrate. And in mid-December, just as he was beginning to work on improving the firearms operations at the Sekiguchi firearm factory (today's Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo), Oguri fell ill with an infectious disease.
- The symptoms were:
"The pathogen is highly active, the pulse is fast and numerous, and the tongue is covered with blackish tongue coating. He utters gibberish, his consciousness is clouded, and food and drink do not pass through his throat. At night, he seems to go insane, flailing his arms and legs. ...His fever is getting worse and worse..."
("Kisso Shoei" by Sohaku Asada, translated into modern Japanese by Tokutaro Tsuda, from "Tatsunami," No. 43)
Sohaku Asada's "Kisso Shoei"
- Several doctors tried their best, but Oguri's condition did not improve. Thereupon, Sohaku Asada, a famous doctor at the end of the Edo period, was called in. Asada diagnosed Oguri with diaphragmatic fever (inflammation in the center of the chest) in the stage when the body's coldness gets worse and extends to the entire body, and then prescribed medicine.
"After prescribing the medicine, Oguri was able to sleep peacefully for a whole day and night. The next day, he became conscious and was able to recognize his relatives (who had come to visit him), and was able to eat a little food." ("Kisso Shoei" by Sohaku Asada, translated into modern Japanese by Tokutaro Tsuda, from "Tatsunami," No. 43)
Dr. Tokutaro Tsuda of St. Luke's International Hospital, a researcher of medical care at the end of the Edo period, believes that respiratory infections like the common cold and influenza today probably caused pneumonia.
- According to the Oguri family account book, he recovered on February 15, 1863, and celebrated the "tokonage iwai (celebrating recovery from illness)." However, if he had died of his illness, not only would his name have been lost to posterity, but the Yokosuka Shipyard would not have existed. If that had been the case, Heihachiro Togo would not have invited the Oguri family in the summer of 1902 to thank them for the victory in the Battle of the Sea of Japan, saying, "We were able to win the Battle of the Sea of Japan because Mr. Oguri had built the Yokosuka Shipyard..." The fate of Japan would have been quite different. This is a typical example of how different doctors diagnose differently and prescribe different medicines.
- Sohaku Asada later cured Mrs. Michiko Oguri's illness and the back pain of the French Minister to Japan, Mr. Roche. His skill was reported to France and he received a letter of appreciation from Napoleon III. Incidentally, "Asada Ame (candy)" was made by one of Asada's students who learned from him how to use mizuame (starch syrup) as a medicine, and gradually became the current style of drop candy.
- "Kozukenosuke Oguri's Medical History" by Tokutaro Tsuda in "Tatsunami" No. 43, the journal of the Kozukenosuke Oguri Honoring Society
- Life not as it should be: Coronavirus
|（2020令和2年8月） (August 2020)|