Tokyo: A centenarian Japansese doctor, who treated patients until just months before his death, has died from respiratory failure in Tokyo on Tuesday, July 18 at the age of 105.
Shigeaki Hinohara was one of the longest-serving doctors in the world and has helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan, one of the world’s longest-lived nations.
He remained an active practitioner of medicine and treated patients even after he turned 100.
He was born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank and was the director and public face of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo for decades, so well known as an “international” hospital that it treated luminaries such as Paul McCartney when he fell ill during a 2014 Japanese tour.
He was working at St Luke’s as early as 1945, when he treated victims of the World War Two Tokyo firebombing that left vast swathes of the city in ruins.
A hospital spokeswoman said,”From the start of this year his health wasn’t so good, but until then he’d drop into the hospital every so often to conduct exams and talk with patients.”
An early advocate of healthier living to stave off the ills of ageing, Hinohara in 1954 introduced Japan’s so-called “human dry-dock” system of comprehensive annual physical exams, part of the preventive medical system said to contribute to Japan’s longevity.