Two doctors from Hawaii visit Peace Memorial Museum

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

On October 18, two medical practitioners from the U.S. state of Hawaii, involved in the treatment of patients exposed to radiation, visited Peace Memorial Park and toured Peace Memorial Museum. The two are in Hiroshima at the invitation of the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), an organization formed by Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and other entities.

The visitors are Gerald McKenna, 69, a psychiatrist and Cyril Goshiima, 58, an internist. Mr. McKenna, who examines patients with trauma received during military service, said he was shocked when he visited the museum three years ago and the experience subsequently changed his whole outlook on life. He studied the artifacts closely, including a watch, with tears in his eyes.

Cyril Goshiima, who is engaged in health checkups of those exposed to radiation, said he would like to learn about the aftereffects of radiation from experts in the city. The two will stay in Hiroshima until October 22 and visit such places as a nursing home for A-bomb survivors.

(Originally published on October 19, 2010)

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