JOHANNES LUDWIG JANSON, PROFESSOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE IN TOKYO IN 1880-1902

Contributions to German-Japanese Medical Relations, Part IV

  • Alexander Kast

Abstract

Among the German pioneers of Western medicine in Japan (8, 12) during the Meiji period (1868-1912), veterinary officer Johannes Ludwig Janson (1849-1914) was one of the most important figures. He arrived in Tokyo in October 1880 and taught at the Veterinary School in Komaba. During his tenure, the school in Komaba was integrated into the School of Agriculture of the Imperial University of Tokyo. Numerous of his graduates occupied high public offices. Among his publications, those about domestic animals and veterinary medicine in Japan deserve special attention. He married a Japanese girl and continued teaching in Komaba until 1902. He found his last resting place in Kagoshima, the native place of his wife. To this day, the Japanese consider Janson the founder of modern veterinary medicine in their country.

Keywords: history of veterinary medicine, 19th century, veterinary officer, Imperial University of Tokyo, Japan

Published
2018-05-05