Development from Atomic Bomb Diseases to Survivors’ Mental Health Support: Findings on Disaster Psychiatry
When I was promoted to university lecturer in the Department of Neuropsychiatry of Nagasaki University Hospital after graduation from graduate school and was able to have my own laboratory in one corner of the medical office (“ikyoku,” see Appendix at the last part of this chapter), I started to call it the epidemiology laboratory. Initially, the purpose and aim of my studies had a similar vision to that of those who came before me, where epidemiology in the psychiatric field in Japan historically tended to have a strong aspect of genetic epidemiology. On the other hand, however, the genetic aspects of my epidemiological studies had to shift to social psychiatry in line with the gradual change in my belief that epidemiology should constitute a basic medical science of social psychiatry. It was like a stumble in a dark, since the accumulated data in psychiatric epidemiology in Japan up to that time were not instrumental enough to provide social psychiatry with basic information. Accordingly, the epidemiology laboratory found no welcome among my colleagues in the medical office; social psychiatry laboratory seemed instead to be more acceptable. Eventually, the name of our study group ended up being called the social group until we started conducting actual research activities.
KeywordsPsychological Impact Atomic Bomb Municipal Government Nuclear Test Atomic Bomb Survivor
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