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قصة يابانية إنسانية مثيرة ... و لكنها حقيقية في كل تفاصيلها .. إنها قصة القنبلة الذرية بكل دمارها و رعبها
كتبها الدكتور ميشيهيكو هاشيا و هو طبيب ياباني أصيب في الإنفجار الذري .. ثم أصبح أول من عالج الأمراض الناشئة عن التدمير الذري .
العربية هي اللغة الخامسة عشرة التي ترجمت إليها هذه القصة في مدي سنوات ثلاث
هذه القصة دعوة للسلام و الإخاء بين ااشعوب و ثورة على الحرب الذرية المد
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Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 8th 1958 (first published 1955)
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Petra-masx
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. it was a personal diary, not one written with an eye to publication.

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 the West Coast of America, and the cities were destroyed and that the people were either killed or suffering
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Chrissie
The title of Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945 makes clear the book’s content. The Japanese physician, Michihiko Hachiya, is the book’s author. He has written in daily diary entries what exactly he experienced and witnessed starting from August 6, 1945 at 8:15 in the morning through the fifty-five following days.

Dr. Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital. This hospital was located a mere 1500 meters from the hypocenter of th
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Michael
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, medical buffs
(two tags that never go together - or do they?)

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 1945 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
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Smiley
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, diary
This book “Hiroshima Diary” is the journal of a Japanese physician, Michihiko Hachiya, M.D., who has witnessed and recorded his plights and descriptions on the aftermath of the first atomic bomb from August 6 - September 30, 1945. I think those readers having read a Japanese novel “Black Rain” (Kodansha, 2012) by Masuji Ibuse could not help comparing with it; however, Dr. Hachiya has written in his journal like a true academic, in other words, he has recorded everything as a matter of facts, rat ...more
Diana
Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician August 6 -September 30, 1945 [1955] - ★★★★1/2

"Hiroshima was no longer a city, but a burnt-over prairie. To the east and to the west everything was flattered" [Hachiya/Wells, 1955: 8]. This book is a diary of a Japanese physician as he recounts his and others' daily movements, thoughts and feelings from the moment a nuclear bomb fell on his city Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945. Often, this is a distressing and heart-breaking account of human
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Michael Havens
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Here is one of those 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 school, I was asked to write an essay on a novel , and 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 h
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Indi Martin
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-enjoyed
This is a very difficult book for Americans, I think. It doesn't point any fingers of guilt, it is simply a journal, written as it happened, by a doctor who happened to be very close to the epicenter of the Hiroshima bomb. Lucky to survive at all, this journal is priceless for the descriptions of what ground zero actually looked like, the symptoms of radiation sickness before anyone knew what that was, exactly. The confusion following the bomb. From a medical standpoint (which is largely what it ...more
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Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who believe in life.
The translator, Warner Wells, emphasises his guiding determination to ‘preserve the balance, simplicity, and quality of values Dr Hachiya achieved in his own tongue.” A remarkable sense of proportion, of calm rational observation, has been achieved by both author and translator of this record of a remarkable 56 days.

Dr Hachiya’s observations are many and various, and are made the more interesting because he doesn’t only concentrate on the side of recording what is of (considerable) medical inte
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William
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all read John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima. (What? You haven't? Well, just drop everything and do it--now. Yes, it's that good and that valuable.) Now where was I? Oh yes, I was about to ask why, if one has already read Hersey's historically accurate account of the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, one should now read Hiroshima Diary by Michihiko Hachiya.

The answer is that Hachiya's is a first-person account by one who experienced the bombing and who, despite h
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Sara
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A wonderful recollection of memories from one of the worst moments for mankind. A part of history we shouldn't forget, and must never repeat, told from within by the Director of a Hospital where many of the survivors later died due to the yet unknown effects of nuclear radiation. In spite of being a hospital's diary about such a terrible matter, the lecture is very entertaining, following the thoughts and investigations carried by all the workers and the few visitors that carried help and suppor ...more
Anne
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It’s a truly interesting story, documenting both Hachiya’s experiences and the tales told to him by other survivors. It covers an extremely difficult time in Japanese history, as the war draws to a close and American soldiers arrive on their beaches. Hachiya is also one of the doctors who first examined the effects of radiation sickness. I was fascinated as much by the doctors figuring out their patients’ strange symptoms as I was moved that innocent people suffer so much pain ...more
Mariko Kuga
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book during the covid pandemic is so chilling and uncomfortable. The way that the people of Hiroshima and the larger country of Japan endured through the catastrophic atomic bombing is nothing short of extraordinary. This history told through the eyes of Hachiya, a Japanese doctor, is so illuminating, painful, and yet touching. He has a calm and reflective tone despite constant uncertainty, and is very observant of what others are going through and their symptoms his teams try quick ...more
Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
4.5/5
A diary of Dr Hachiya who survived Hiroshima and kept a daily journal writing everything that happened in his experience in the hospital of Hiroshima. He does a great job in describing what it's like being there at that time; People dying every day, broken buildings, no electricity and lack of daily necessities. The diary includes how they handled the situation of the patients with their lack of staff (half of the doctors in Hiroshima were either dead or lost), lack of experience regarding
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Jessica
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Such an important book to read, as a Japanese physician writes in a journal while trying to understand what has happened to them and the effects it is causing to the people and their city. It is a fascinating journey and I highly recommend.
Pancha
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
For the most part, this was not as gruesome as Hiroshima. There are description of horrible burns and injuries, but from a doctor's point of view, so they are more clinical than trying to provoke an emotional response. It's also told from an interesting point of view: Dr. Hachiya was gravely injured by debris during the blast, and therefor stays in the hospital for most of the time the diary describes. He gets some second-hand descriptions of what is going on in greater Hiroshima, but for the mo ...more
Nick
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hunger games and harry potter resonate because kids/teens want a vehicle to explain reality. Well, their grandfather/great-grandfater woke up one morning, a single bomb called Fat Man floated down from the sky, exploded, and destroyed the house and the city around hm. He then spent the next several months, a doctor, at the local hospital, triaging folks who in their shock from 3rd degree burns and the beginnings of radiation poisoning might have welcomed Voldemart or Peeta as a benevolent altern ...more
Lisa
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peaceniks and history buffs.
Devastating first-hand account from a doctor of the immediate aftermath of a nuclear bomb. Gut-wrenching detail: "...I discovered that I had tripped over a man's head. Excuse me! Excuse me, please! I cried hysterically!" The doctor and his staff somehow manage to carry on, caring for the wounded, and those who do not appear to be wounded, until the effects of radiation begin to show. Not for the squeamish. This book, as some suggest, was not written as an anti-war manifesto. It's political messa ...more
Michael Phelps
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctors who are interested in history.
Recommended to Michael by: Eli Karstens
Okay. I understand that this book was a diary, not a novel. I understand it was written by a doctor, not a writer. I understand that it was hastily written in Japanese. I understand it was then translated into English by another doctor with the intent that the language would remain as close to literal translation as possible. I understand that to point out its numerous typos and punctuation errors is a lame thing to do. And I understand its subject matter is perhaps the most horrific example of ...more
Fishface
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A grim and grisly, but very worthwhile read. Describes the day-by-day experiences of the director of a Hiroshima hospital starting from the day the US Army dropped the atomic bomb there. The translation and copyediting can be pretty frustrating at times, but it is not fatal to the reader's understanding or insight into the situation.
Greg McGee
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great follow up to Dan Carlin's Hard Core History Podcast "The Destroyer of Worlds" - podcast was a recommendation of Josh Brown (CEO Ritholtz Wealth Management - http://thereformedbroker.com/2017/08/...)

Audiobook was free on the Hoopla app.
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Donna Lee
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the actual diary of a doctor who lived in Hiroshima at the time the US dropped the first atomic bomb in 1945. At first Dr. Hachiya was aware only of the tremendous blast that accompanied the bombing, unlike any bomb he had heard before. Then he became aware that his clothes had been blown off his body and that he had been injured. As he and his wife attempt to make their way to the hospital where he worked which was only a few hundred meters from where they lived, they encountered the de ...more
John Folk-Williams
We are inundated with dystopian and apocalyptic fiction, but this factual account of the Hiroshima bombing by a survivor is more gripping than any imaginative tale. Dr. Hachiya recounts in simple language his direct observations of the first two months following the blast.

Starting with his own injuries, the collapse of his house and his staggering efforts with his wife to get to his hospital, he records as precisely as he can the terrible details of an event neither he nor anyone else really un
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Laura
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Hachiya's diary of the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima bombings is graphic, unsparing, and human. By human I mean, he doesn't forget that we are bodies. Some people may be surprised by how much of this book is devoted to toilets, feces, and urine, but when you suddenly have a hospital that has no windows, few walls, no heat, and no toilet facilities and at the same time is full of people suffering from extreme diarrhea, you can see why he is concerned by toilets and bowel movements. I m ...more
Ellen
While not an uplifting read, I think that this book is a cornerstone for anyone wanting to learn more about the real-life experience of World War 2. For anyone who lightly thinks about nuclear weapons or another full-scale war, this book promises to be a strong deterrent because of the descriptions of regular human suffering that it covers. The attack on Hiroshima hurt innocent people indiscriminately and after reading this book, it becomes highly questionable if the bomb was the right decision. ...more
Karen K - Ohio
The daily diary of a Hiroshima doctor on the aftermath of the atomic bombing of the city. An unflinching look at the day to day efforts to survive. Though severely injured the doctor does his best to save lives and try to understand the ramifications of radiation.
While I knew the Japanese worshipped their emperor I had no idea of the extent. Even rescuing a portrait of the emperor was looked upon as a great noble act. And that whenever it was moved there was a whole ritual to be performed. Even
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Barbara
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding account of the seven weeks following the bombing - written by the physician/director of a, then, well known Hiroshima hospital who was seriously wounded as a result of the bomb. It is written a in diary format; he describes the after effects/destruction of the bomb on Hiroshima and the surrounding areas, the symptoms of the patients who were affected by radiation poisoning/sickness, his documentation of his observations, and how the hospital managed to serve those who showed up at th ...more
Jacob
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is difficult to give a star rating. I've rated it 4/5 because the content is horrifically fascinating but there were some issues with the translation and various typos throughout.

No one should have to go through the types of experiences documented in this diary. I believe at least a portion of this should be required reading in any curriculum covering World War II. I don't think it's enough to just say two atomic bombs were dropped in Japan and then they surrendered—one should go furthe
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Lisa
2.5 stars

Many of us know a lot about the bomb and the building of the bomb and the spying on those building the bomb, where the uranium came from, etc. but little attention has been paid to the physical ailments of those in Hiroshima and how the medical staff treated those affected by the bombing. This is mostly a medical account of what those people endured which is horrific. The book is told from the perspective of a physician who was hurt himself but also treated many of the wounded and affe
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Feisty Harriet
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, world-war-ii
This diary is from a doctor who survived and treated patients during the nuclear bomb attack in 1945. It is harrowing and hopeful and just...so so much. And reading it immediately before the chemical weapons attacks that unchecked police squads have used on peaceful (and, admittedly, some less peaceful) citizens was...very very...eye opening. And reading the responses of the Japanese citizens to Japan's surrender was remarkably like some people's feelings about changing their mind about the curr ...more
Andrea
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, first-person account of the atomic bomb and the first few weeks after. Some of it gets a little too "medical", but you can't complain of the narrator being "clinical" - he shares rumours, stories he's been told, scenes and actions which move him profoundly, his appreciation for all the little, everyday thinds we take for granted. The jargon is easy enough to pick up, and if he dwells a little too much on his own physical condition towards the end, it's not enough to spoil the book. ...more
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