First edition: 1955
Date read: May 2014
Plot summary (from the back cover): On August 6, 1955, ten years to the day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Michihiko Hachiya’s Hiroshima Diary -a remarkable eyewitness account of that fateful and terrible event- was published in America. Unparalleled as a first-hand chronicle of the astonishment of the explosion and the torments of its aftermath, Hachiya’s Diary is especially compelling because its author was not only a victim, but a physician as well.
Opinion/comments: What was published is a translation of Dr. Hachiya’s diary/notes, originally written in Japanese.
In the beginning, the author explains what he recalls of the moment the atomic bomb dropped and how he managed to get to the Hiroshima Communications Hospital, of which he was managing director; It was shocking to learn how the expansive wave actually undressed him.
The rest of the book is an account of what happened in the days up to September 30th. How the patients were treated, which discoveries they made when investigating deeper on the effects of the radiation in the human body, and the mood of both patients and healthcare staff.
Personal rating: 8/10