The Hilarious Misadventures of Mori Ogai, M.D.

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Sgt. Kurihama: Dr. Ogai! Here is another patient with beriberi.
Patient Yokomizo: I have beriberi.
Sgt. Kurihama: I am no doctor, but I recommend giving him vitamin B1.
Mori Ogai, M.D.: Nonsense!
Patient Yokomizo: I am dead.

Ms. Shimizu: Swollen body tissues… looks like another case of beriberi.
Mori Ogai, M.D.: You! Who did you catch this from?
Patient Suzuki: Catch this from? Isn’t beriberi a vitamin deficiency?
Mori Ogai, M.D.: Are you mad, son?
Patient Suzuki: I am also dead. I should have gone Navy.

Jimmy Westinghouse: Dad, can we get this?
Mr. Westinghouse: Ironic that this box of Berry Berry Kix includes Vitamin B1!
Angry Ghost of Mori Ogai, M.D.: [in Japanese] Why hath you forsaken me?

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

8 Responses

  1. der Says:

    What a coincidence. I just looked that up yesterday, as I was reading The Makioka Sisters where they administer each other shots like some inner city crack community. (OK, they shoot B1, unlike those crack communities, which don’ actually inject but rather smoke, but you see what I mean.)

    Can we bring that into the larger discussion somehow? Erm, Mori Ogai was educated abroad, in Berlin… (and lived not far from where I’m writing this from).

    Hey, I suddenly had an insight: does this health/energy potion madness (one wall at least in each conbini) stem back from the beriberi time?

  2. marxy Says:

    I never knew beriberi was a big Japanese social epidemic either. I should do more research.

  3. der Says:

    I should do more research.

    Nah, just ask one real Japanese person ™.

  4. check Says:

    Yes David, you really should ask real Japanese people about everything, because clearly you are not Japanese, yourself.

    (However, just between you and me, I have observed (from a reliable source), that the best advice on Japan actually comes from those of half-Korean/half-Japanese descent. That mixed blood does something crazy to their mind!)

  5. alin Says:

    Can we bring that into the larger discussion somehow? Erm, Mori Ogai was educated abroad, in Berlin… (and lived not far from where I’m writing this from).

    last time i was in berlin i walked by the mori ogai house then some 200m down popped into a wireless cafe and among other things posted a comment to here. seeing the house, which looked just like the house in the japanese movie Maihime – probably because it was the same house, added for me yet one more layer to that ghostly energy that seems to permeate berlin: prussians, nazis, commies …

  6. alin Says:

    dr Ogai might be another good example as to why arty types shouldn’t be allowed in positions of social responsability.

    marxy, you seem to find it all right to joke on others’ tragedies yet an ambivelent/profane/humorous reference to the holocaust is wrong, right?

  7. Jed Says:

    His daughter was also quite scary..(sound of chill wind/moaning)

  8. marxy Says:

    marxy, you seem to find it all right to joke on others’ tragedies yet an ambivelent/profane/humorous reference to the holocaust is wrong, right?

    I haven’t made any statement about “Holocaust Funnies” as much as the uninformed usage of “Holocaust Fashion.” Also the butt of the joke is Mori Ogai, for refusing to acknowledge the connection between vitamins and beri beri, not the victims. I say, make fun of Himmler all you want.