” The sole uninjured doctor on the Red Cross Hospital Staff was Dr. Sasaki…”


“The lot of Drs. Fujii, Kanda, and Machii right after the explosion-and, as these three were typical, that of the majority of the physicians and surgeons of Hiroshima- with their offices ans hospitals destroyed, their equipment scattered, their own bodies incapacitated in varying degrees, explained why so many citizens who were hurt went untended and why so many who might have lived died. Of a hundred and fifty doctors in the city, sixty-five were already dead and most of the rest were wounded. Of 1,780 nurses, 1,654 were dead or too badly hurt to work. In the biggest hospital, that of the Red Cross, only six doctors out of the thirty were able to function, and only ten nurses out of more than two hundred.  The sole uninjured doctor on the Red Cross Hospital Staff was Dr. Sasaki…

Before long, patients lay and crouched on the floors of the wards and the laboratories and all the other rooms, and in the corridors, and on the stairs, and in the front hall, and under the portecochere, and on the stone front steps, and in the driveway and courtyard, and for blocks each way in the streets outside. Wounded people supported maimed people; disfigured families leaned together. Many people were vomiting. A tremendous number of schoolgirls- some of those who had been taken from their classrooms to work outdoors, clearing fire lanes- crept into the hospital…”

John Hersey, Hiroshima (Bronx, N.Y.: Ishi Press International, 1946), 33-35.


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