1. Excerpt from Hiroshima Diary (). 1. Michihiko Hachiya. 7 August I must have slept soundly because when I opened my eyes a piercing hot sun was . Michihiko Hachiya was a Japanese medical practitioner who survived the Hiroshima bombing in and kept a diary of his experience. He was Director of the. The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his r .
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want diay read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Duary Diary by Michihiko Hachiya. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city.
Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness.
In a new foreword, John Dower reflects on the enduring importance of the diary fifty years after the bombing. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 04, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: After the bombing of Hiroshima, the author acting as both a doctor and patient in a hospital now devoted to the victims of radiation sickness decided to keep a diary. The attitude of the Japanese to being bombed was one I could not have imagined.
Within a few days there was the “news” that Japan had used nuclear bombs on hiroshjma West Coast of America, and hiroshlma cities were destroyed and that the people were either killed or suffering After the bombing of Hiroshima, the author acting as both a doctor and patient in a hospital now devoted to the victims of radiation sickness decided to keep a diary. Within a few days there was the “news” that Japan had used nuclear bombs on the West Coast of America, and the cities were destroyed and that the people were either killed or suffering.
Thois cheered the patients in the hospital up immensely who wanted greater use of nuclear warheads against America.
They were totally devastated up to and including suicide over the decision of the Emperor to cede victory and urged him to revenge their nation, even if they all died. Their thirst for revenge and anger at the Emperor were extreme. Possibly their main regret was that they hadn’t done it first. Jachiya mentioned in the Notes on Reading that the author was an extreme misogynist. He felt that the rape of a girl hirshima soldiers was her fault and that it would be best if women just stayed at home as when they were out they were too much of a temptation to some men.
I never felt sorry for the bombing of Dresden. Now I don’t feel sorry for Hiroshima either. Why is it that the hcahiya, if they have an organised military structure, are held to higher standards and blamed for atrocities when the losers and terrorist organisations are not?
Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945
I really want to write a review of this book, explaining the above statement. The author is a very measured scientific man, but also a misogynist of the most extreme kind.
The sufferings of the people as radiation sickness took hold, an illness never seen before so each symptom was new and unexpected, is terrible. Many died, but many recovered. They were civilians, just like the Germans, but they supported the war and the cruelty of their thoughts towards the enemy, the Allies knew no bounds.
View all 18 comments. View all 5 comments. Sep 04, Disry. Watson aka umberto rated it liked it Shelves: Hachiya has written in his journal like a true academic, in other words, he has recorded everything as a matter of facts, rather than emotions, as we can see from his account on the unimaginably disry explosion impact by the atomic bomb at 8. Suddenly, a strong flash of light startled me — and then another. So well does one recall little things that I remember vividly how a stone lantern in the garden became brilliantly lit and I debated whether this light was caused by a magnesium flare or sparks from a passing trolley.
HIROSHIMA DIARY by Dr. Michihiko Hachiya | Kirkus Reviews
The view where a moment before all had been so bright and sunny was now dark and hazy. Through swirling dust I could barely discern a wooden column that had supported one corner of my house. It was leaning crazily and the roof sagged dangerously. Nine days later, his entry on August 15 has revealed the scene and how the victims at the Hiroshima Communications Hospital reacted to the historic radio broadcast from the Emperor: Word came to assemble in the office of the Communications Bureau.
A radio had been set up and when I arrived the room was already crowded. I leaned against the entrance and waited. In a few minutes, the radio began to hum and crackle with noisy static. One could hear an indistinct voice which only now and then came through clearly. My psychic apparatus stopped working, and my tear glands stopped, too.
Darkness clouded my eyes, my teeth chattered, and I felt cold sweat running down my back. Finally, the silence was broken by the sound of weeping. There was no look of gallantry here, but rather, the faces of all showed expressions of despair and desperation.
By degree people began to whisper and then to talk in low voices until, out of the blue sky, someone shouted: View all 9 comments. Mar 03, Michael rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book’s the perfect example of my criteria for five-starring something. Not only has it helped me decide that I’m a pacifist a standpoint I’m still pondering but the second half of the book is a medical mystery, which I was not expecting at all.
In there was very little understanding of radiation poisoning, but Dr. Hachiya’s friends and co-workers were dying around him from the aftereffects of the bomb. Not only did he and his diary survi two tags that never go together – or do they?
Not only did he and his diary survive, but he lived for decades afterwards Even so, some acts committed by my country shame me, regardless of the ends achieved. View all 6 comments.
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Una testimonianza preziosa, unica, questa del Dr. P Una testimonianza preziosa, unica, questa del Dr. Per me uno di quei libri da portare sulla famosa isola deserta. Aug 21, Michael Havens rated it it was amazing. Here is one of those unusual times when I’m not sure how to approach as subject, much less write a book review disry.
It’s kind of like the times when in high school, I was asked to write an essay on a noveland found myself rather at a loss or loath to write about it, not because I had nothing to say and to those who know me know that I very rarely am at a loss for words, but that hirkshima novel had something so profound to talk about, I felt that it would serve and memorialize the work better by h Here is one of hachiyx unusual times when I’m not sure how to approach as subject, much less write a book review on.
It’s kind of like the times when in high hirosbima, I was asked to write an essay on a noveland found myself rather at a loss or loath to write about it, not because I had nothing to say and to those who know me know that I very rarely am at a loss for words, but that the novel had something so profound to talk about, I felt that it would serve and memorialize the work better by having others in the class talk about it.
I was so interested in hearing what others had to say about it. This would happen to me with the work, ‘Of Mice and Men’. Likewise, I find it difficult to approach this excellent diary about an event so ingrained still into our imaginations and fears to this day, namely, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, and by extension, the subsequent bombing of Nagasaki, the numerous testing on bigger bombs, the cousin of the atom bomb, the Hydrogen bomb, and the effect on the psyche and culture of the Cold War and beyond.
There is also a desire to respect, by keeping in tact, and not extricating text because of the awe and explicable feelings I may have to any one individual’s story, but to respect their narrative without interruption.
But what we do have in this work is nearly the hypocenter of the blast which killed between 90, people. Hachiya lived very close to the hospital where he worked. The Hiroshima Communications Hospital was only about a mile away from the hypocenter, and close enough that his testimony and the variety of the patients, family, workers, and fiends are good enough for us to witness from a focused lens, the devastation, violence, and degradation one bomb had on a community.
I would strongly urge readers not to haachiya up the introduction. There is a lot of valuable information about the times with which Dr. Hachiya found himself in, as well as the attitudes, told without embellishment as you will find n the work itself from both sides hacchiya the Pacific, as well as the socio-political, psychological re-evaluation and changes some Japanese, not the least Dr.
Hachiya himself, had to face. It’s also important, as mentioned as well in the introduction, of what ‘Hiroshima Diary’ was not meant for, namely, public consumption. This was meant to sometimes be a guide to his rounds and what medical and mental issues his patients had.
It is also important hachia keep in mind that while this work does have a definitive chronology, the work speaks more as a tapestry, little patches that work up to the complete picture. Like most eyewitness accounts of this kind, one can only expect that.
If we seem to seethe with indignity with Dr. While following his eyes, do we in some way follow our own inner eye at ourselves. This is the value such remembrances have to the historical record.
As I said above, this work should hirroshima be read for the purposes of sensationalism. We only have to go to our movie theaters today to get million dollar sets to be blown up for the public’s new arena addiction. This should be read in the way it was intended, as a human account, as apposed to a personal account. This is not documentation of the theoretical, it is the face of one man, driven to take care of his patients, deal with his own conflicts, and find a peace within a living hell, an unprecedented hell.
Ricordo benissimo la giornata in cui alle scuole elementari partecipammo ad un incontro in cui ci spiegarono cos’era la bomba atomica, quali erano i loro effetti, cosa fare in caso ci trovassimo vicino all’ipocentro:
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