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Title: Hormone Hunters: The Discovery of Adrenaline
Other Titles: ホルモンハンター : アドレナリンの発見
Authors: ISHIDA, Mitsuo
Author's alias: 石田, 三雄
Issue Date: 5-Sep-2018
Publisher: Kyoto University Press
Start page: 1
End page: 203
Table of contents: Prologue [1]
Chapter 1. Making History with Hormones [6]
Chapter 2. The Quest to Unravel the Mystery of the Adrenal Glands [18]
Chapter 3. The Search for Physiological Functions [30]
Chapter 4. In Pursuit of the Active Principles [62]
Chapter 5. Good Fortune [93]
Chapter 6. The Historic Ruling in the Patent Dispute [128]
Chapter 7. Confusion over the Name [138]
Chapter 8. Post Crystallization [155]
Epilogue [194]
Acknowledgements [197]
Profile of Jokichi Takamine [199]
Profile of Keizo Wooyenaka [201]
Description: Postscript to English version of Hormone Hunters
Mitsuo Ishida, the author of Hormone Hunters, passed away on April 2nd, 2018, from pneumonia at the age of 86. He was working hard in his last days to complete the English version of his book. He had finished more than 98% of the work, but left the last touch to his son, Jun-ichi. He fulfilled father’s wish during the scarce time to spare in his busy regular work at Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
The author graduated in 1954 from Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, majoring in Organic Chemistry. Then, he worked for Sankyo Co., Ltd., present-day Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., mainly in the agro-chemicals division. While there, he had an opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree under Dr. Paul A. Dahm at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in early 1960s. Later in 1968 he was granted Doctor of Agriculture degree from Kyoto University for the in-depth investigation of the research he initiated during his MS work on the metabolic processes of a then widely used agrochemical, benzene hexachloride (BHC).
The Japanese Edition of Hormone Hunters, published in 2012 by Kyoto University Press, was welcomed by a wide range of readers. As is written in the Prologue of the English version, Prof. Brian B. Hoffman of Harvard Medical School published Adrenaline in 2013 in the U.S. After reading this book, Dr. Ishida thought that contents of the two books would complement each other and so it would be worth making an English version of his own book. Dr. Ishida put his heart and soul into this work. He deleted some parts of his Japanese version that would have facilitated understanding of Japanese readers, while adding new paragraphs to supplement novel information for the readers in English. This change might have made some wording of his acknowledgement irrelevant to the English version, but it was kept as was written by the author at an earlier date to convey his profound gratitude to those whom he felt he owed in various ways.
Dr. Kazutake Kyuma, Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and a classmate of the author’s Kyoto University days, and Ms. Yuko Fukushima, Kyoto University Press, editor of Hormone Hunters in its Japanese edition, assisted Mr. Jun-ichi Ishida in completing the English version.
原著 : 石田三雄著『ホルモンハンター : アドレナリンの発見』京都大学出版会, 2012.
Rights: Copyright by Mitsuo Ishida, Japan, 2018
Cover image © Chisa MURAKAMI
DOI: 10.14989/234214
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