Curable Cancers and Fatal Ulcers
Long, Susan O.
Long, Bruce D.
Social Science and Medicine. 1982; 16(24): 2101-2108.
The culturally-conditioned behavior of the Japanese in regard to cancer and its diagnosis is analyzed. Contrary to the current view in the United States that the terminally ill patient should be told the true nature of his or her illness, Japanese society normally does not impart this difficult truth under similar circumstances. The supreme duty of the Japanese physician is to keep the patient alive, and that implies doing everything possible to prevent the patient from losing the will to live or committing suicide. However, family members are informed of the diagnosis and participate in the deception by reassuring the patient that recovery is certain. (KIE abstract)
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