The Evolution of Japanese Medicine

Marc A. Rodwin

in Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755486
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894918 | DOI:
The Evolution of Japanese Medicine

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This chapter traces the history of Japan's medical political economy. Contemporary conflicts of interest have roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Practice was transformed when the state adopted Western medicine in the late 19th century, by struggles over social welfare at the turn of the 20th century, by state control over medicine and insurance during World War II, and by reforms instituted during postwar reconstruction. As these changes occurred, organized medicine shaped the medical political economy to protect entrepreneurial private practice.

Keywords: Japan; medical political economy; medical practice; traditional Chinese medicine; conflicts of interest; organized medicine; private practice

Chapter.  8380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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