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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Japan Doctor Dies At 105, Stopped Practice Just Months Before His Death

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara
A centenarian Japanese doctor who kept seeing and attending to patients until just few months before his death and helped set up the medical systems that have made Japan one of the world's longest-lived nations died today, Tuesday July 18, 2017, at the age of 105.

Shigeaki Hinohara  was born in 1911, a year before the Titanic sank, He was for decades the director and public face of St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, 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.

According to the hospital spokesman who 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.

The author of 75 books, including a bestseller on living well penned at 101, Hinohara was also a frequent guest on Japanese television, where he unveiled a lifestyle that included orange juice with olive oil for breakfast and said that energy comes from feeling good, not fixed rules about living.
 He was quoted as saying, "We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep".
"I believe we can keep that attitude as adults - it's best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime."

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