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December 28, 1940

A Pioneer Doctor in Old Japan: The Story of John C. Berry, M.D.

JAMA. 1940;115(26):2304. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810520066027

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Abstract

Dr. John Cutting Berry went to Japan in 1872 when he was 25 years old. He was the type of medical missionary who has done probably more for good will between Eastern and Western civilization than has any other pursuit. The Japanese published in their own language a short biography of his life, the first ever written about an American by the Japanese. Dr. Berry was decorated by the Japanese emperor and was hailed by the Japanese as the father of prison reform and social service work in their country. At the time of the celebration of the golden wedding of Dr. Berry the Japanese presented him with a marvelous Japanese vase; there were messages from innumerable Japanese leaders.

In the course of his medical education Dr. Berry studied under W. W. Keen and S. Weir Mitchell. He took also some lectures under Oliver Wendell Holmes. The writer has a

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