This week, we’re talking over Japan’s response to one of the greatest public health crises of the 20th century: the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19. What strategies did the government put in place to try and counter the flu, how was it treated, and what was it like for the doctors on the front lines fighting to save their patients?
Palmer, Edwina and Geoffrey W. Rice. “A Japanese Physician’s Response to Pandemic Influenza: Ijiro Gomibuchi and the ‘Spanish Flu’ in Yaita-cho, 1918-19.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 66, No 4 (Winter 1992)
Rice, Geoffrey W. and Edwina Palmer. “Pandemic Influenza in Japan, 1918-19: Mortality Patterns and Official Responses.” Journal of Japanese Studies 19, No 2 (Summer, 1993).