Otsuki Gentaku (1757-1827) was a highly celebrated physician and the first Japanese scholar to have an outstanding reading knowledge of the Dutch language, who studied Dutch medicine under Sugita Genpaku and learned the Dutch language from Ryotaku Maeno. Otsuki opened the Shirando Academy in 1787 to teach and propagate Dutch language, culture, and medicine. He is considered a major pioneer, leading to the opening and modernization of Japan after about 250 years of self-imposed seclusion. A friend and admirer of Siebold (1796-1866), Otsuki Gentaku introduced several new terms into Japanese medicine, still in use today.
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