April 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(14):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400079025

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Cause of Death of Former Prime Minister  In November, 1930, Mr. Hamaguchi, then prime minister of the Kensei-kai cabinet, was shot in the abdomen by an assassin at Tokyo station. He was carried to the hospital of Tokyo Imperial University and attended by Drs. Manabe and Shioda, professors in the university. After two intestinal resections he returned home almost recovered, but in August, 1931, more than six months after recovery, he died. Te direct cause of death was found by Dr. Shioda to be an infection from actinomycosis. Therefore, the legal side of the case took a new turn to decide whether the assassin should be convicted of mere injury or of homicide. The professor was called to the court to give evidence as to the real cause of the death from the medical point of view, and he is reported to have considered it quite reasonable to think that

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