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Report from the Front: What Medical Volunteers are Encountering in the Devastated Areas of Tohoku (Japanese)

Toku Takahashi MD, PhD

Professor of General Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI


As a member of the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), I have had previous field experience during the Kosovo conflict, the earthquake in Turkey and the devastating Sumatran tsunami of 2004. On March 13th 2011 we were mobilized to a field hospital in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture where the original population had been approximately 16,000.


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