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Casualties of HistoryWounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War$
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Lee K. Pennington

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452574

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452574.001.0001

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Comprehensive Care behind the Guns

Comprehensive Care behind the Guns

(p.93) 3 Comprehensive Care behind the Guns
Casualties of History

Lee K. Pennington

Cornell University Press

This chapter continues the story of PFC Saijō, following his repatriation and admission to Provisional Tokyo Number Three Army Hospital—Japan's premier medico-military institution for combat amputees. Initiated in 1938, Tokyo Number Three serves as a designated rehabilitation center for physically wounded soldiers prior to their discharge from military service. Visited frequently by military and political dignitaries, Tokyo Number Three emerged as a noted medical institution for tending to the physical well-being of injured servicemen. The chapter explores the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers with lost limbs while documenting the therapy regimen undergone by Saijō. In addition to his memoir, the chapter draws from Army Medical Corps reports and medical studies written by the staff of Tokyo Number Three describing the physical, vocational, and spiritual rehabilitation of war-wounded men on the Japanese home front.

Keywords:   PFC Saijō, Tokyo Number Three Army Hospital, medico-military institution, wounded soldiers, Army Medical Corps, therapy regimen, Japan

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