Narabayashi Soken

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  • Died: 1852/10/6
  • Other Names: 高房 (Takafusa)
  • Japanese: 楢林宗建 (Narabayashi Souken)

Narabayashi Sôken was a court physician in service to Saga han. In 1850, he used Western medical techniques to implement a smallpox vaccine. Seeing the success of this method, lord Nabeshima Narimasa had vaccines administered widely throughout the domain.


  • Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 1 (1937), 213, 379.