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March 10, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(10):899. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960450081023

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To the Editor:—  I read with pleasure the review of "Hiroshima Diary" on page 1801 of the Dec. 31, 1955, issue of The Journal. I certainly want to echo the sentiments of the reviewer. I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Michihiko Hachiya in 1945 and 1946. I was the surgeon of the corps that was responsible for the occupation of southwestern Honshu, with headquarters at Kure, a few miles from Hiroshima. Much of my time was devoted to the many medical problems related to the unfortunate city and its people. Dr. Hachiya was convalescing from his injuries, yet was making heroic efforts to reestablish and rebuild his hospital and was, at the same time, gaining as much medical knowledge of the effects of this awesome weapon as he could. Despite his grievous injuries, he worked like a man possessed; yet he was warm, friendly, and most helpful. I could

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