Abstract During the early days of the United States Military Occupation of Japan following World War II, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, the Prime Minister's physician, sought some penicillin from the office of MacArthur's surgeon. Dr. Hinohara obtained the penicillin, and at the same time a copy of Aequanimitas, the famous collection of medical addresses by Sir William Osier. It was given to him by a young Medical Corps officer. Japanese physicians had had no exposure to humanism in medicine in their training, and Dr. Hinohara estimated that at that time Osier's name would have been known to fewer than 10 physicians in his country. He was profoundly impressed with Aequanimitas, and translated the title address and paraphrased the others. In 1948, he published a book entitled The Life of Dr. Osier—Pioneer of American Medicine. Currently Dr. Hinohara is revising and updating his book; its publication will represent a major contribution of his life's work. Here again is another example of the proliferation of Osleriana by way of the magic words Osier chose to dress his thoughts. References 1. John 6:20. 2. From Aequanimitas (Equanimity): Valedictory address at the University of Pennsylvania, May 1, 1889 . In: Sir William Osler, Aequanimitas , 3rd edition. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1932. 3. From the address, "A Way of Life" delivered to Yale students, April 20, 1913 . In: Sir William Osler, A Way of Life . Charles C Thomas Co Publishers, Springfield, Ill. 4. From Osier, "A Way of Life." 5. A coup d'etat by young Japanese army officers in Tokyo on February 26, 1936. 6. Collection of 4,500 poems of the sixth and seventh centuries in Japan. 7. A famous Japanese priest (1173-1262) who founded a sect of enthusiastic Buddhism and Johdo Shinshu. 8. Modern poet, once a Marxist. 9. The Greek atomist, one of the founders of ancient materialism. 10. Address, Toronto, 1903. In: Osler, Aequanimitas. 11. Address, Maryland, 1905. In: Osier, Aequanimitas. 12. Hinohara S: Osler's peregrination in Asia—a report on an unusual event . Tex Rep Biol Med 29:437-442, 1971.
American Journal of Diseases of Children – American Medical Association
Published: Sep 1, 1972