Great Men & Women of Medicine

                  Publisher: Yumi Press. 2006

When I was searching for a publisher for Foreign Legacies, Yumi Press, which specializes in English texts for medical institutions, told me they would be interested in having such a text if it dealt with famous medical people.  Being an amateur historian, I decided to accept the challenge, and, after consultation with the publisher, came up with a list of fourteen medical pioneers.  Unlike the other publishers, which gave me a free hand, Yumi Press had hard and fast ideas about how they wanted the textbook lessons organized.  That was not a problem. I did not want to impose any more on Mitsuko, who helped me with the Japanese sections in the previous two texts, so I requested the services of Shigeru Mori,  Professor of English in Oita University’s Faculty of Medicine. We worked well together, and the result is an English reading text for use by Japanese English teachers at medical institutions that gives students a sense of medical history, and, hopefully, inspires them to uphold the ideals of the fourteen medical greats covered in the book.

The Daily Yomiuri newspaper also introduced this text in their “Books on Language” section on June 16, 2006 (reproduced here):

This textbook introduces 14 men and women who laid the foundation for today’s modern medicine.  Although this textbook is written for medical students, it can be used as an English textbook for non-medical students, as many of the people introduced in the book are well known figures who made a variety of contributions to medicine from the 19thcentury to the present day.  The 14 people are: Florence Nightingale, Louis Pasteur, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Robert Koch, Wilhelm Roentgen, Elizabeth Anderson, Hideyo Noguchi, Marie Curie, Albert Schweitzer, Benjamin Spock, Jonas Salk, Maurice Hilleman, and Barry Marshall.   Each person is introduced in about 350 words and exercises are attached at the end of each chapter.


Doctor Spock’s widow, Mary Morgan in California, provided me with the picture she wanted used in the lesson on her late husband.  She also sent me a copy of the latest (8th edition) of his famous book: Baby and Child Care (below).  Most people would be surprised to know that the book has been translated into 39 languages and has sold 50 million plus copies, making it second in sales only to the Bible!   

Dr. Spock's widow sent me a copy of his famous book.






Dr. Barry Marshall, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, 2005, came to Oita to give a lecture on H. pylori, so I was able to meet and talk to him. 



                               Books and My Life
In 2005, I was asked by the Oita National College of Technology,        where I taught as a part-timer for 22 years, to write an article for their school newsletter about the role of books in my life.  I am a very ordinary reader; it takes me a long time to get through a book because my mind often wanders as I think about the things I am reading.  Anyway, I wrote about my all-time favorite book, Truman, by David McCullough, and also about the making of HealthTalk and MacArthur.  On the front cover of the newsletter is a picture of the old library I used as a kid in my hometown.  Inside, are pictures of those three books and one picture of me. The article is in both English and Japanese. 
                       This is my old hometown two-room library,  built in the   1930's.  I  
                       spent many a cold winter night there reading  books as a young
                       boy.  That is where I first read "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," which
                       sparked my interest in war stories, and, eventually, war research. 

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       Here is the book on Yumi Press’s web site:       


                             This is my all-time favorite book, and Truman
                             is my favorite president.  I wrote a letter to his
                             only child, Margaret, in 2005, and she sent me
                             a nice reply.  She died last year (2008).