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19. The bronze statue of Professor Harutoyo Omori

Professor Harutoyo Omori graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1879, was appointed Director of the Fukuoka Medical School in 1885 and Hospital Director of Fukuoka Prefectural Hospital in 1888. On the anniversary of the first year of relocation of this hospital in 1897, the professor talked about his grand idea to establish a university, after which he strived to realize his idea, and finally witnessed the establishment of the Fukuoka College of Medicine in this region in April 1903. At this time, the professor was presumed to be the first Director and laid the groundwork of Kyushu University, retiring due to illness in 1909 and passing away on February 29, 1912. In honor of the immortal achievements of the professor, in May 1910, a statue of the professor giving a lecture with a medical book in one hand was erected. During the Second World War in 1943, this statue was removed out of necessity due to the shortage of metals, after which it was restored as a bust on the 50th anniversary of Kyushu University School of Medicine in 1953. Thereafter, there was a rising call for the reconstruction of a full-body statue, which was erected here in new attire at the 70th anniversary memorial event. It was a great pleasure for the young to once again at the center of the school be able to admire the majesty of the professor who made significant achievements in the foundation of Kyushu University.
November 24th, 1973
70th Anniversary Party of the School of Medicine, Kyushu University
-From the description on the pedestal

20. Inokichi Kubo, the founder of Japanese Otorhinolaryngology.

Inokichi Kubo, M.D., Ph.D. (1874~1939) was the first professor of otolaryngology at Kyushu University and was one of the pioneer otolaryngologists a great educator and had many followers.

He was also a talented writer, specializing in the Japanese TANKA poem.
Takashi Nakagawa (Professor,Department of Otorhinolaryngology)

21. Statue of Dr. Ryukichi Inada

Dr. Ryukichi Inada graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University Medical School in 1900. After 2 years of study in Germany, he was inaugurated as the first professor of the Internal Medicine at Kyushu University. Dr. Inada's research focused on an endemic infectious disease, characterized by jaundice, fever and bleeding tendency.

Drs. Inada and Ido, who later became Professor of Internal Medicine at Kyushu University, diagnosed the disease as a type of Weil's disease, which was first characterized by Dr. Adolph Weil in 1886. They later discovered, for the first time, Spirochaeta icterohaemorrhagiae as the causative agent of Weil’s disease and reported these findings in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, a prestigious science journal, in 1916. Their subsequent studies further revealed multiple aspects of the disease pathogenesis, including transmissibility, morphology, motility, routes of infection, tissue distribution and urinary excretion. These findings were quickly confirmed in the United states by Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, who was then a prominent scientist at the Rockefeller University and proposed that the disease was caused by Leptospira, a genus of spirochaete bacteria. This taxonomy is widely used in the field of medicine to date. Drs. Inada and Ido were reportedly nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1919 in recognition of their discovery of Spirochaeta icterohaemorrhagiae;however, since Dr. Ido died of typhus at the age of 38 before the announcement of the Nobel laureates of that year, they became ineligible for the prize.

In 1920, Dr. Inada moved to the Tokyo Imperial University as Professor of Department of Internal Medicine and contributed significantly to the field of internal medicine. He was among the first to identify ulcerative colitis as a disease entity. Dr. Inada received the Order of Culture (Bunka-Kunsho), the most prestigious Japanese order, in 1944. Dr. Inada died of brain tumor in 1950. One of the first isolates established by Dr. Inada survives to this day and was accepted by the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Leptospira in 1990 as the Type Strain of Leptospira interrogans.
Koichi Akashi (Professor, Department of Medicine and Biosystemic Science (previously The First Department of Iinternal Medicine))

22.Professor Hiroshi Takeya

On January 19th, 1910, Hiroshi Takeya was appointed professor at Fukuoka Medical College, and he held professor and chairman of Second Department of Internal Medicine until June 5th, 1935. In recognition of his 26 years of service as a professor, he was granted the title of ‘Professor Emeritus at Kyushu Imperial University’ on July 11th, the same year.
Re-erected in autumn 1953
-Inscription below the bust of Takeya Hiroshi, Kyushu-University Hospital Campus

Naka Kin'ichi, the first professor of Second Department of Internal Medicine, had to quit his post because of illness, and therefore in 1910, Takeya Hiroshi, by that time an assistant professor at Third Department of Internal Medicine, was appointed to take over the former's position. Until 1935, he committed himself to guide and enrich the learning experience of his students. Professor Takeya held clinical practice in high esteem and conducted detailed clinical evaluation and scientifically accurate experiments on animals to solve important clinical questions. Thus, Professor Takeya established the principle of Second Department of Internal Medicine (Department of Medicine and Clinical Science).
Faculty of Medical Sciences Building A of Basic Sciences, which rises behind Professor Takeya's bronze bust, was completed in 1931 as ‘Internal Medicine Joint Lecture Center’.

23. Statue of Tome Yoshida

Tome Yoshida entered the Fukuoka Prefectural Hospital Nurses' Training School in 1895. Having earned the confidence of the hospital’s then-director Dr. Harutoyo Omori, she was immediately recommended for a study program at the Tokyo Red Cross Hospital. After her return to Fukuoka, in April 1903, Fukuoka Medical School was established and Yoshida was appointed chief clinical nurse. She was subsequently promoted to general head nurse, in which capacity she assisted numerous directors of the hospital and worked tirelessly to promote the development of the nurses’ training school.

As new departments were opened, Yoshida served successively as head nurse of the departments of ophthalmology, dermatology, and otorhinolaryngology. In 1908, she founded the Kyushu University Young Buddhists’ Educational Association and frequently held lectures to assist the self-improvement of the nurses. These meetings of what came to be known as the Wakaba [Young Leaves] Club have continued through to the present day as a club for self-improvement and friendship among nurses, and have even become a symbol of Kyushu University nurses. As well as being a woman of noble character who was held in high regard by the public, Yoshida had many interests and was an unusually accomplished haiku poet, publishing two volumes of her poetry: Tokusa [Scouring Rushes] and Kyujukyushu [99 Verses].
She handed over the baton to the next generation of nurses in 1933 and spent her remaining years reading and composing poetry at Fukuoka City’s Hiraosanso cottage. Even after her retirement, Yoshida continued to devote her life to improving the Way of Nursing at Kyushu University, through such endeavors as the publication of the magazine Wakaba. After a long and fruitful life, she passed away at the ripe old age of 92 on January 29, 1963. In May that year, it was decided to erect a bust of Yoshida as one of the memorial projects to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of this group, to honor her achievements as its founder. We firmly believe that the kindly face of this great woman will become the focus of our admiration for posterity and will show future generations of nurses the path that they should follow.
Erected by the Nurses’ Wakaba Club, Kyushu University School of Medicine Hospital in Spring 1968
-From the inscription on the plinth