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copyright 1955; "The Journal of a Japanese Physician August 6-September 30, 1945"; The University of North Carolina Press; Chapel Hill; Translated and Edited by Warner Wells, M.D.; hardbound in ebony boards with gilt lettering along spine; Japanese Torii embossed on front cover; Hiroshima maps on inside covers (see pic); quite good condition; no dust jacket.


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Michihiko Hachiya (蜂谷道彦 Hachiya Michihiko, 1903 in Okayama Prefecture - 1980) was a Japanese medical practitioner who survived the Hiroshima bombing in 1945 and kept a diary of his experience. He was Director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital and lived near the hospital, about a mile from the explosion's center. A 1984 editorial in the Journal of American Medical Association, indicates "At the urging of friends, Dr. Hachiya first published his diary in a small Japanese-language medical journal (Teishin Igaku) that circulated among medical members of the Japanese communications services. There it came to the attention of Warner Wells, MD, an American physician who was working in Japan in 1950 as a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission." It was Dr. Wells, who in consultation with Dr. Hachiya, made the diary to be published in 1955, under the name of Hiroshima Diary.

HIROSHIMA DIARY, The Journal of a Japanese Physician by Michihiko Hachiya, M.D.

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