7 Historical Medical Dramas (And Where To Watch Some Of Them)

If you’re looking for a series that’s a fusion of period and medical genres, here are 7 dramas you might want to start watching.

1.) Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist

Yoo Se Poong (Kim Min Jae) is a physician who rose to the highest possible rank for his age—the Head Acupuncturist for the royal family. Due to his talent, he was given the name of the “Divine Needle” by the king. However, an attempt to save the poisoned king led to his exile and the king’s death.

Now, he works as a physician in Gyesu Village where he meets Seo Eun Woo (Kim Hyang Gi) and Kim Sang Kyung (Gye Ji Han), and learns to treat his patient’s physical and mental ailments.


2.) Faith

Captain of the Royal Guards, General Choi Young (Lee Min Ho) from the Goryeo era, finds himself in the modern world when he passed through a mysterious portal. In 2012, he meets Doctor Yoo Eun Soo (Kim Hee Sun) and asks her to go back in time with him to save the queen.

3.) Secret Healer

Abandoned Princess Seo Ri (Kim Sae Ron) had to live her life away from the royal family due to a curse—everyone she loves will eventually die. She, however, meets royal physician Heo Jun (Yoon Si Yoon); the two embark on a journey to lift her curse and set her free.

4.) Live Up To Your Name

Heo Im (Kim Nam Gil) is known as the best acupuncturist in Joseon, but his humble birth is preventing him from being granted a higher position. By chance, Heo Im learns that he can travel 400 years into the future. But with one variable, his life has to be in danger to be able to pass through time.

In modern-day Seoul, he meets Choi Yeon Kyung (Kim Ah Joong), a doctor who only believes in modern medicine. The two clashes as Heo Im becomes an oriental medicine doctor in the present time.


5.) King’s Doctor

The series tells the story of veterinarian Baek Gwang Hyun (Cho Seung Hyun) who struggles to become a royal physician.

6.) A Jewel In The Palace

Based on a true story, “A Jewel In The Palace” narrates the life of Jang Geum (Lee Young Ae) as she becomes the first woman the king’s royal physician—achieving the name Dae Jang Geum or “The Great Jang Geum.”

The award-winning series is also known for its success worldwide, and has been one of the dramas to start the Korean Wave.

7.) Hur Jun, The Original Story

The series is about Heo Joon (Kim Ju Hyeok), King Seonjo’s royal physician. It also stars Park Eun Bin, Park Jin Hee, and Nam Goong Min.

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