Masanao Goto

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Masanao Goto

Masanao Goto (後藤 昌直, Gotō Masanao?, March 6, 1857 – July 9, 1908) was a Japanese leprologist. He was the son of first Shobun Gotō and called as the second Shobun Gotō. He devoted his life to leprosy patients in Japan[1][2][3] and on the island of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Father Damien had trust in Gōtō's therapy, and he left the message, "I have not the slightest confidence in our American and European doctors to stay my leprosy, I wish to be treated by Dr. Masanao Gotō."[4]

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  1. ^ Hansen's disease in Japan: a brief history. Hansen's disease in Japan: a brief historyInternational Journal of Dermatology Volume 36 Issue 8, Pages 629 - 633
  2. ^ 山口順子 『研究ノート・内務省年報が示す明治初期のハンセン病医療状況』 ハンセン病市民学会年報2号,2006.12
  3. ^ 山口順子 『後藤昌文・昌直父子と起廃病院の事績について』 ハンセン病市民学会年報1号,2005.12 P115-122
  4. ^ Holy Man, New York : Harper & Row, 1973.

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