- Hiro Fujimoto, “Nihon ni okeru iryō ākaibuzu no kōchiku ni mukete [Toward More Usable Archives of Medical Records in Japan],” Bulletin of the National Institute of Japanese Literature: Archival Studies, Vol. 11, 2015, pp. 73–93.
This paper surveys the current archival situation of medical records in Japan. I first argue that, in order to construct medical archives, we need to gain support from diverse kinds of people who either affect and are affected by archives of medical records such as patients, physicians, policymakers, and historians. I suggest some rhetoric we could use to convince these parties that they should be invested in creating usable archives. Second, I examine what degree the medical records have been preserved, collected and arranged in Japan in terms of the various types of records. Then I point out that there have been less attention to hospital records and oral history on medicine so far, and introduce some cases in Britain and the United States where people have been working on these types of medical records. These cases could serve as potential models for Japan. Finally, I conclude that we need to encourage people not only to establish a center of medical history but also to reinforce the communication between archivists, historians of medicine and science, medical practitioners and citizens.