NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) or Japan Broadcasting Corporation is Japan's public broadcaster. This book is an original television documentary--under the same name--produced by NHK, which aired in May 2001. The documentary won the Gold Nymph Award--the highest award possible--at the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2002.
"Stylistically resembling a fictional narrative, this grim
chronicle of Ouchi's deterioration demonstrates the humanity and
pyschology of the medical profession in extreme situations. In that
sense, it s an interesting companion to [Osamu Tezuka's] Black Jack
manga. Think of it as such a nightmarish episode of House that as a
result of watching it you resolve never to tune into the series
"Harnessing the atom's energy can help, even save, mankind or lead to its destruction. This is the sad, cautionary tale of things gone awry, a noble effort by Japanese physicians to save Mr. Ouchi's life and of our limited ability to deal with the consequences of mistakes in this arena."
--Robert Peter Gale, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.A.C.P. (Hon),
UCLA Medical Center
"Radiation injuries are potentially complex, often involving a
combination of different types of radiation energy. The Tokaimura
accident reminds us of these complexities as well as the importance
of accurate information flow from the site of the incident to the
healthcare provideer in the hospital. New knowledge was gained
regarding optimal management of acute radiation toxicity."
--Nicholas Dainiak, M.D., F.A.C.P. Yale University School of Medicine
Chairman of Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital BEST OF 2008 -- The Japan Times
"A brave account of corporate greed and scientific expertise"