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Dr. Daniel Trambaiolo
BSc (Hons)/BA Sydney; PhD (Molecular Biology) Cantab; PhD (History of Science) Princeton

Assistant Professor

Email: trambaiolo@hku.hk

Daniel Marco Trambaiolo

Daniel Trambaiolo is Assistant Professor in the Japanese Studies Program.

His research explores the history of medicine in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868), a period when Japanese doctors developed distinctive new styles of medical practice by taking inspiration from Chinese and European medical writings and conducting their own practical investigations into diseases and methods of treatment.

His book manuscript, Ancient Texts and New Cures: Transformations of Medical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan, focuses on a group of doctors in eighteenth-century Kyoto who sought to restore the lost art of medicine that they claimed had existed in ancient China. Despite their emphasis on restoration of the past, these doctors ended up establishing the intellectual foundations for entirely new styles of medicine, including the importation of European anatomical and medical knowledge.

In addition, he is interested in exploring how the trade in pharmaceutical substances shaped the development of knowledge about plants, animals and minerals in early modern East Asia. The history of these drugs allows us explore the material connections between networks of commercial and intellectual exchange and to understand how different social groups contributed to the emergence of new styles of pharmacological knowledge.

Early modern Japan (Tokugawa Period, 1600-1868)
History of science, technology and medicine in East Asia
Cultural interactions between early modern Japan, Korea, China, and Europe

“Mercurial Remedies for Syphilis in Early Modern China and Japan.” Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques 69.4 (2015), in press.
“Old Texts and New Medical Ideas: ‘Ancient Formulas’ in Eighteenth-Century Japan.” In Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses, ed. Benjamin Elman, 81–104. Leiden: Brill, 2015.
“Vaccination and the Politics of Medical Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Japan.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 88.3 (2014), 431–456.
“The Languages of Medical Knowledge in Tokugawa Japan.” In Rethinking East Asian Languages, Vernaculars, and Literacies, 1000–1919, ed. Benjamin Elman, 147–168. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
“Diplomatic Journeys and Medical Brush Talks: Eighteenth-Century Dialogues between Korean and Japanese Medicine.” In Orbits, Routes and Vessels: Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World, ed. Ofer Gal and Yi Zheng, 93–113. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 2014.
“Native and Foreign in Tokugawa Medicine.” Journal of Japanese Studies 39.2 (2013), 299–324.

JAPN1011 Introduction to Japanese Studies
JAPN2091 Introduction to Pre-modern Japan
JAPN2092 Early Modern Japan: Age of the Samurai?
JAPN2093 Japan and the World, 1550-1850
JAPN3036 Medicine and Disease in Japanese History
JAPN3037 Readings in Early Modern Japanese Historical Sources

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