(From the publisher):
Though set in eighteenth-century Japan, the issues treated in this gripping and enduring novel are just as relevant and affecting today.
It tells the story of the first doctor in the world to perform surgery for breast cancer under a general anesthetic. Interwoven with it are the lives of two strong-willed women: his mother, and the wife who supports him, helps him perform his experiments, and is sacrificed on the altar of his success.
Original title: 華岡青洲の妻 [Hanoaka Sheishu no tsuma]
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ Historical→ Asia→ Japan