The Movement of the Revival of “Koukann Idou (Sino-Japanese Medical Treatment)” in Taiwan during the Japanese Colonial Period
The 1920s in Taiwan was the surge of political, social and cultural movements, as well as the enlightenment, reformation and establishment of new culture. What is “Koukann Idou,” however? Is it Chinese medical treatment? Is it part of the old tradition? Why the revival? Who was the leader?
This book discusses the wax and wane of the Movement of the Revival of “Koukann Idou (Sino-Japanese medical treatment)” in Taiwan during the Japanese Colonial Period. It could be seen as a branch from the Movement of the Subsisting of Kanpo in the Japanese Empire, a social and cultural movement occurred during the late 1920s and the mid 1930s. It was initiated by Taiwanese Kanpo medical members, some Japanese Kanpo medical field and Taiwanese local elites, aiming to legalize Kanpo doctors and popularize traditional medical skills.