Well, this posting of prostitution and disease during the Joseon era has something to do with giving but it is definitely not something I want for Christmas:
Gonorrhea was very common – so common, in fact, that it had no social stigma attached to it. Allen claimed that syphilis – known as the “Chinese disease” – was “common and every present” and found not only in men, women and children, but even amongst the eunuchs. It was a chief culprit in the large number of miscarriages experienced by Korean women and those pregnancies that went full-term often bore children with “ugly, notched teeth and strumous affections.”
Korea doctors had several methods of dealing with these diseases including arsenic and a mixture made from mercury. One Western doctor speculated that Korean doctors did successfully treat the disease but at times when overboard with their treatment resulting in “severe salivation, ulceration of gums, loss of teeth, and so forth.” It was, according to him, “bringing a good thing into dispute and emphasizing the truth that sin is transgression or going beyond.”
May Korean sufferers went to Western doctors only after traditional Korean medicine failed. Allen reported that “victims of sexual excess” often presented themselves only to alleviate their symptoms of painful urination.
The Korean sufferers “seemed to know that their troubles were due to their own irregularities, yet they would not acknowledge that their imprudence amounted to what would be considered over-indulgence from a European standpoint.”
All in all a nasty subject but….for those with interest….you can read the rest of the article here – at Korea Times