Kikuo Hamano, MD (1897-1965) was devoted to the relief and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and to promoting leprosy research leprosy in Japan. Through his efforts, he raised public awareness of the importance of treating and assisting leprosy patients and honored those who rendered distinguished service in treating them. In 1952 Hamano became standing director of the Tofu Kyokai (Japanese Leprosy Foundation), and, in 1959, became chief director. For some years he edited La Lepro , the official organ of the Japanese Leprosy Association. He made efforts to promote reconstructive surgery on leprosy patients, he encouraged research workers to classify types of leprosy, to standardize lepromin and the criteria for the lepromin reaction, and to conduct studies on the preventive effects of BCG for leprosy.
International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.