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Japanese health cosmology: a study of terminal cancer patients in Japan

Okamoto, I. (2001) Japanese health cosmology: a study of terminal cancer patients in Japan Nihon Kenkyu, pp. 37-47.

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This paper is a short presentation of Japanese attitudes towards health and illness based on empirical research on the experiences of dying patients receiving palliative care in contemporary Japan. It aims to show how the traditional Japanese holistic concept of health and illness coexists with Western medicine, and the degree to which it is still highly evaluated within the realm of palliative care. In so doing, I would like to introduce the concepts of tairyoku and taicho and then to clarify how these concepts affect patients’ (and their families’) decision-making processes when they receive medical treatments.

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Published date: December 2001
Keywords: palliative care, views of death, Japan, attitudes to death, tairyoku, taircho


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PURE UUID: 99625414-2a1c-4e5f-9af6-cfccfedaa040

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Date deposited: 29 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:14

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