“Only the very richest people could afford to call the doctor out to visit them if they were sick. Country people used to pick plants like green gentian, cranesbill and lizard’s tail when they went up into the mountains to avoid, as much as possible, having to rely on the services of a doctor.”

From an oral history gathered by Dr. Junichi Saga in the 1970sand published as “Memories of Silk and Straw”(Kodansha International, translated by Garry Evans)

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