Recent Biopsychosociological Approaches to Cancer Study in Japan

  • Hideki Teshima


Since 1981 cancer has been the leading cause of death in Japan. The biopsychosociological aspects of cancer have hitherto been given little attention, compared with general studies on biopsychosociology. For example, up to 1980 the number of related presentations at the Annual Congress of the Japanese Association of Psychosomatic Medicine accounted for only 4 in 156. In 1981 the Ministry of Welfare of Japan supported studies related to the relief of pain of terminal cancer patients, from both physical and psychological aspects. Responding to this support, two main groups initiated studies and the number of presentations at the annual congress exceeded 10 in 1983.


Psychosomatic Medicine Leukemic Child Intrinsic Stress True Diagnosis Terminal Cancer Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hideki Teshima
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  1. 1.Department of Internal and Psychosomatic Medicine, Faculty of MedicineKyūshū UniversityFukuoka, 812Japan

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