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Why Yokochi Fund ?


The Chihiro and Kiyoko Yokochi Fund was established in January 1999 through a donation by Chihiro Yokochi, M. D., emeritus Professor of Anatomy of the Kanagawa Dental College, Yokosuka, Japan in memory of his beloved wife, the late Kiyoko Yokochi, who died in September 1995. It was her wish to organize a scholarship program for German medical students. The aim of the fund is to promote a special program to support young German researchers financially who wish to pursue studies in basic medical or dental science in medical schools, dental schools or institutes in Japan.

Prof. Chihiro Yokochi was born in Morioka (Iwate Prefecture) on October 25, 1918 and graduated from Nippon Medical School (Tokyo) in 1942. After World War II he obtained his M. D. from Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo) and began his studies of anatomy at the Gunma University School of Medicine in Maebashi (Gunma Prefecture). He then moved to Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture) in 1953 to accept a position as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the Yokohama City University School of Medicine. In 1965 he was promoted to Full Professor and Chairman of Anatomy at Kanagawa Dental College in Yokosuka (Kanagawa Prefecture). He dedicated his efforts mostly to the study of macroscopic anatomy and student education in courses of anatomy in the medical and dental schools.

Prof. Yokochi wrote and edited four anatomy atlases for medical, dental and allied health students. He published his first photographic atlas "Visual Human Body" in Japanese (Igaku-Shoin, 1962). His first English edition of "Photographic Anatomy of the Human Body" was published by Igaku-Shoin in 1969, and its new editions were published in 1978 (second) and 1989 (third). This "Small Atlas" was the milestone for a more extensive anatomy atlas for medical students, which was to be co-authored later by Prof. Johannes Rohen (Marburg, Erlangen).

In the mid 1970´s a co-publication project with Chihiro Yokochi was proposed by Professor Rohen with the publishers Igaku-Shoin (Tokyo) and F. K. Schattauer (Stuttgart). During the preparation of this manuscript, Prof. Yokochi visited Erlangen several times for discussion of editorial matters or to dissect new specimens, and his wife, Kiyoko, accompanied him frequently. During these visits she developed an admiration for German culture and a mutual admiration arose between herself and the German people. The first edition of the atlas appeared in 1983 under the title "Rohen/Yokochi: Color Atlas of Anatomy; A Photographic Study of Human Body" (Igaku-Shoin/F. K. Schattauer). Subsequently two editions have been published in 1988 and 1993 by the same publishers with the same co-authorship. In 1997, during the preparation of its Fourth edition the co-publication rights were acquired by William and Wilkins (Baltimore, USA) and the new Fourth edition was published in 1998, inviting Prof. Elke Lütjen-Drecoll (Erlangen) as the third author.

Even after his retirement in 1986, Prof. Yokochi continued to make new dissections for the revised editions of "Color Atlas of Anatomy". In 1997 he published in Japanese a small book called "Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy" (Igaku-Shoin). A large portion of the donation by Prof. and Mrs. Yokochi includes royalties from his four books. Prof. Yokochi truly believes that this work "Color Atlas of Anatomy" is literally a co-work between two academic institutes in two different countries, or a masterpiece produced by the magnificent collaboration of German and Japanese cultures. This scholarship program was initially proposed by Mrs. Kiyoko Yokochi and was verified in his last testament. The CHIHIRO AND KIYOKO YOKOCHI FUND has initiated and now promotes a good relationship between German and Japanese scientists.