Tatsuji Inouye (1881–1976)
Tatsuji Inouye (1881–1976) was the first person to delineate accurately the cortical representation of visual space in humans. Inouye’s father, who was descended from a long line of Japanese physicians, founded the Inouye Eye Hospital in Tokyo in 1884 which continues to bear the family name. Tatsuji was head of this hospital from 1909 to 1963 when he was succeeded by his son and, more recently, his grandson.
Inouye studied medicine at Tokyo University (MD 1904) and joined the staff of the Ophthalmology department under Jujiro Komoto, then a leading ophthalmologist in Japan . The following year Inouye was ordered to serve as a medical officer in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). His assignment was to evaluate visual loss in wounded soldiers to determine the value of their pensions. The Russians were using a new rifle (the Moisin Nagent) that fired a small calibre, relatively high-velocity bullet. Some Japanese soldiers survived being hit by these projectiles in the back of their...
KeywordsStriate Cortex Left Visual Field Cortical Representation Lower Visual Field Foveal Vision
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