Hanaoka Seishu

Hanaoka Seishu
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Hanaoka Seishu (華岡 青洲, 1760-1835) was a Japanese surgeon of the Edo-era with a knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine, as well as Western surgical techniques he had learned through Rangaku (literally "Dutch learning", and by extension "Western learning"). Hanaoka is said to have been the first to perform surgery using general anesthesia.

The Japanese author Ariyoshi Sawako wrote a novel entitled, The Doctor's Wife (Japanese 華岡青洲の妻), based on the actual life of Hanaoka Seishu mixed with a fictional conflict between his mother and his wife. The novel was subsequently filmed as a 1967 movie directed by Masumura Yasuzo, Hanaoka Seishū no tsuma (aka "The Wife of Hanaoka Seishu").